Safety and welfare of patients and quality of care is of paramount importance to St John

Robyn Bern |

Serious allegations have been made by several patients regarding the conduct of a former St John ambulance officer in Waipukurau. He appeared today in the Napier District Court facing charges in respect to sex offences.

St John Hawke’s Bay District Operations Manager Stephen Smith said today “We are appalled and deeply concerned about these serious allegations. We do not tolerate behavior of the type alleged." 

"Ambulance officers are committed to caring for others and value the trust of the communities they support. St John is saddened that the alleged actions of an individual have cast a shadow on the integrity of these dedicated, trusted professionals. The safety and welfare of our patients and the quality of our care is of paramount importance to St John and we are working closely with Police in their investigations.”

The individual involved in this Police investigation was immediately isolated from patient contact as soon as St John was made aware of these allegations and has  since resigned from their role with St John.

While this matter is with the Court and with Police, St John is unable to comment or provide further information.

Anyone who has concerns about their previous dealings with this former ambulance officer - Christopher Roger King, 47, of Waipukurau - should contact the Police officer in charge of the case, Detective Grant Jarvis of the Hawke's Bay Police Child Protection Team on 06 8310700. 

Mr King has been further remanded on bail until 13 February 2014.

Robyn Bern
St John Communications Manager
robyn.bern@stjohn.org.nz or 021364484

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