Paramedic, Mark Dunkerley, Struck Off for Serious Failings Including the Use of Racially Motivated Comments

Paramedic Mark Dunkerley has been struck off the HCPC Register following multiple failings amounting to misconduct and lack of competence.

HCPC - Health and Care Professions Council - Mark Dunkerley

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that whilst employed at Blue Star Medical Services a number of complaints were received about his behaviour and conduct in and around March 2015 including the use of racist language whilst talking to Colleague A and failing to perform an adequate physical assessment of Service User A. Following a disciplinary meeting which required him to undertake a period of training and education, Mr Dunkerley submitted plagiarised work, subsequently disengaged from the disciplinary process and resigned from his role in November 2014.

The Panel further heard that whilst working for Jigsaw Medical Services, on or around 22 August 2015 concerns were raised regarding Mr Dunkerley failing to cannulate a patient with respiratory problems and driving the ambulance rather than travel in the back of the ambulance to attend to them. Following a disciplinary hearing at Jigsaw, Mr Dunkerley was asked to self-refer to the HCPC.

Panel Chair Lesley White commented:

“The Panel considers that a striking off order would be an appropriate and proportionate sanction in this case, given the nature and gravity of the allegation and Mr Dunkerley’s continued lack of insight and denial. His conduct involved serious and persistent failings in his clinical practice and making comments which were racially motivated and made approximately one month after receiving a warning for making similar comments. On both occasions this occurred within a professional setting.”

The Panel concluded to strike the name of Mark Dunkerley from the Register from the date that the order took effect on 12 December 2016.

Mr Mark Dunkerley was present and represented by Mr Fraser Bryce, a lay representative.