A Yorkshire paramedic has been suspended after he was too slow to perform life-saving treatment on a dying pensioner.
Colin Williams was reported to a health watchdog after a 79-year-old man died in his care in August 2012.
The man’s family complained that he had delayed using the heart shocking defibrillation machine and then hesitated giving follow up chest compressions.
A panel of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) was told the experienced paramedic of almost 20 years and a more junior colleague found the elderly man in his home with breathing difficulties and vomiting.
He was transferred to an ambulance in a wheelchair where treatment began for cardiac arrest.
But the panel was told Mr Williams unduly delayed chest compression and did not follow guidelines for using a defibrillator.
The patient was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead.
Experts said instead of taking the patient out of the house Mr Williams should have immediately begun CPR in the living room.
Mr Williams told investigators he was being threatened by the family and was afraid of a physical attack, which distracted and delayed him.
But the panel said other evidence did not support his claim.
Mr Williams decided to take early retirement from Yorkshire Ambulance Service before the investigation concluded.
The HCPC has now ruled he made serious errors and suspended his registration for one year until March, 2 2017.
It said: “The panel is of the view that the registrant had the necessary skills, knowledge and experience and was therefore aware of what was required of him in relation to the appropriate steps to take when cardiac arrest had been recognised.
“In these circumstances the panel has concluded that his actions amount to misconduct as opposed to a lack of competence.”
Mr Williams was also rapped for failing to show any remorse and attempting to blame the deceased man’s family for his shortcomings.
A decision to strike him from the register, preventing him from working as a medical professional for five years, was not imposed.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service confirmed Mr Williams no longer worked for the service.
A spokesperson said: “A referral was made to the Health and Care Professions Council at the time the allegations were made.
“In addition, a thorough internal investigation was carried out, but he resigned before its conclusion.”