Paramedic fired after patient information found in locker

Health worker gets too personal
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2014

The career of a Newfoundland and Labrador-based paramedic was resuscitated when an arbitrator substituted his termination for a lengthy suspension.

Andrew Byrne was fired from his position as a paramedic with Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority on Feb. 15, 2013, after he failed to submit 217 patient care reports (PCRs).

The PCRs were stored in a backpack in Byrne’s personal locker. Dating back to December 2011, as many as 167 of the documents still had the patient/facility copy attached, meaning Byrne did not provide a copy of the PCR to the facility that received the patient. Additionally, 92 of the PCRs were not invoiced which meant the client/patients were not billed for transport.