HSE paramedic suspended over filming in toilet

Barry Duggan

A PARAMEDIC has been suspended from work after a camera phone was found inside a unisex toilet which was used to spy on ambulance workers.

Gardai are investigating the incident after a female paramedic discovered the camera hidden inside a box in a toilet cubicle at the weekend.

It is suspected that the male worker, who is now under investigation by the gardai, was recording his female colleagues when they used the toilet cubicle on the grounds of a regional hospital.


Last night, a spokesman for the Health Service Executive (HSE) confirmed that "a member of the ambulance service in the has been stood down from duty".

The unisex bathroom stands in the grounds of the hospital and is inside a small building used by ambulance workers based there.

The phone was discovered last Saturday night while the female paramedic was using the toilet. It is understood she became suspicious of the box that was placed inside the cubicle and examined it.

On closer inspection, she discovered that a camera phone had been placed inside and was being used to record people using the toilet.

She contacted senior colleagues, gardai were alerted and an investigation was immediately launched.

The suspected culprit, who is an experienced paramedic, was immediately suspended from his duties.

Gardai are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the camera phone.

"The HSE is co-operating fully with the garda investigation," the HSE spokesman said.