A paramedic, who got a vulnerable patient pregnant during a fling after his shift, has been struck off.

Matthew Holden, who worked for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, was struck off the paramedic register after a tribunal found him guilty of misconduct.

The tribunal, convened by regulator the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), heard that Holden had been called out to deal with a woman who was threatening to harm herself.

Holden swapped phone numbers with the 22-year-old while in an emergency vehicle before inviting himself to her house for sex after finishing his shift.

The tribunal heard the woman, who had been drinking and taking the drug M-Cat, later reported the pregnancy to her social worker.

A paternity test, ordered by a court, confirmed Holden was the child’s father.

Holden told the tribunal that the woman, who had mental health issues, had rolled up his sleeve and kissed him in the vehicle.

He said he had driven to the woman’s house in his own car to ‘have a chat and that would be it’.

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Holden told the panel he was ‘sorry and ashamed’ for his actions.

He added he was experiencing financial and domestic pressures at the time and felt ‘burnt out’.

But an HCPC panel decided he had shown ‘insufficient understanding and insight’ and revoked his licence to protect the public.

A report from the panel said: “This was a clear and compelling case of breaching professional boundaries that fell well below what was to be expected of a paramedic in the performance of his professional duties.

“It was of little or no consequence that the actual sexual intercourse had occurred when he was off-duty, shortly after the registrant had finished his shift.”

It added: “He had not reported his misconduct to his employer or his regulator at the time. It would probably have remained undiscovered, but for the fact that Service User A became pregnant with his child and had to report the matter when she was subject to family care proceedings some six months later in January 2015.”

Panel chair Debbie Hill said: “The panel finds that Mr Holden has shown insufficient understanding and insight.

“This was a major transgression of professional boundaries with a vulnerable service user.”

Holden’s licence to work as a paramedic will be cancelled on June 22.