Paramedic who was sacked for attending rehearsals of amateur musical while on duty receives five-year caution
- Craig Young, 35, worked for the Scottish Ambulance Service at the time
- He told bosses he would be at a healthcare meeting but was at a theater rehearsal
- He was sacked last year and has now received a five-year caution order
A paramedic has been warned after repeatedly attending musical theater rehearsals while on duty.
Craig Young told bosses he would not be available for two hours during an evening shift as he would attend an official healthcare meeting.
But instead, the 35-year-old attended a “musical theater group rehearsal” of Anything Goes in uniform and lied about it, a disciplinary hearing heard.
He was fired last year and has now received a five-year precautionary order.
Craig Young, 35, who was an advanced paramedic with the Scottish Ambulance Service, attended a ‘musical theater band rehearsal’ in uniform and lied about it
A Health and Care Professions Tribunal (HCPTS) panel said his “dishonesty” would shock and appall members of the profession and the public.
The cautionary order does not prevent Mr. Young from working for the next five years, but is considered if new allegations are made against him.
HCPTS has learned that Mr Young had previously asked his control center to ask if he could attend rehearsals “while on duty” – when he should have asked direct permission from officials.
The panel heard that Mr Young was employed as an advanced paramedic by the Scottish Ambulance Service and had served for approximately 13 years.
Between September 2018 and January 2020, Mr Young is said to have rehearsed for his role in the production of Guy Bolton and PG Wodehouse’s musical Anything Goes, which was due to be staged at the King’s Theater in Edinburgh.
The panel heard that he had previously called the Ambulance Control Center (ACC) several times to ask if he could attend rehearsals while on duty.
The panel was told that ACC workers had been “pleased” that he “stays ready in the rehearsal room” as long as he was “always available to witness incidents” and that his “mobilization was not not delayed”.
Between September 2018 and January 2020, Mr Young is believed to have rehearsed for his role in the musical Anything Goes – which was due to be staged at the King’s Theater in Edinburgh (above). file picture
However, the panel acknowledged that this was not the “proper route” of clearance and said he should have sought clearance from his line manager instead.
Instead, senior staff had ‘no knowledge’ that he was attending rehearsals while on duty and were adamant that their clearance ‘would not’ have been granted.
The panel noted that certain places were acceptable for paramedics to be on standby – such as sitting in ‘McDonald’s’ or ‘the driver’s lounge at the bus station’.
But Mr Young’s musical theater rehearsals were deemed “very different” from these “more passive activities”.
The panel heard that one evening in mid-January 2020, Mr. Young attended his rehearsals in his official ambulance service vehicle and uniform, but told his control center that he would be attending a Lothian Unscheduled Care Service (LUSC) meeting instead.
He told the ACC he would not be available for two hours during the meeting, except for “purple” calls – the most serious emergency calls involving incidents such as cardiac arrest.
But the panel heard when another colleague asked permission to attend an LUSC meeting the next day, they found no such meeting had taken place the night before.
An investigation was opened and, in an interview the following month, Mr Young said he ‘thought’ there was a meeting and ‘freaked out’ when he realized he didn’t. there were none.
He said he parked in a Scout hall to ‘sort out his head’ – but later admitted he knew the meeting was the next day and lied about going to the repetitions.
He was later fired by the SAS.
The court called his lie “deplorable”, “unprofessional” and “unacceptable”, and ruled that he had been guilty of “prioritizing his own interests” over his duty.
He said, “The panel felt that undertaking this leisure activity while on paid service without informing his superiors of what he was doing would be considered deplorable by other practitioners.
“The panel found that [Mr Young]The actions on January 12, 2020 to mislead people, about where he was and what he was doing while on duty, and his unavailability to respond to patients who may have needed his services constituted professional misconduct serious.
“The panel was in no doubt that giving dishonest accounts to his employer of his actions … was both unprofessional and unacceptable conduct.
“The committee felt that members of the profession and the public would be shocked and dismayed to learn of Mr. Young’s actions.”