Paramedic is suspended after admitting theft

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A PARAMEDIC who stole from an elderly woman he was sent to help has been suspended from working for 18 months and could still be struck off permanently.

Carl Brzakalik, 52, pictured, stole £100 from Muriel Quintin when he was sent to the 89-year-old’s home after she hurt herself in a fall.

Mrs Quintin was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham but she died 11 days later.

Brzakalik, of Kings Road, Hayling Island, left his job with the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust following the theft at Nore Farm Avenue, Emsworth, in July.

As previously reported, he was given a 14-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work after admitting the theft at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

Now, after a hearing before the Health Professions Council’s Conduct and Competence Committee in London, he has been suspended from working as a paramedic in the UK pending a further investigation.

Spokeswoman for the council, Amy Walker, said there will be a final hearing within the next 18 months.

She said: ‘The most severe outcome of the final hearing is that he could be struck off.

‘He could also be suspended for another six to 18 months or given conditions to practice or they could find the allegation is not founded and he would be allowed to work again.’