More than 200 Massachusetts emergency medical technicians are having their licenses suspended because of their involvement in falsifying certification records, public health officials said today.
An investigation found a "systemic effort to falsify information" regarding the completion of certain requirements for recertification for the EMTs, said Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach.
A total of 207 EMTs will have their licenses suspended, most for nine months, but a smaller number for 45 days, Auerbach said.
Auerbach said the EMT/paramedic credentials of two instructors would be revoked and they would be permanently forbidden to teach. Another four EMTs, who allegedly participated in the scheme by collecting money for classes that were never held, will lose their certifications for two years. All the suspensions go into effect July 1.
Auerbach said falsification of the records had been "a breach of the public trust."
He said there were no complaints of inappropriate care, but the department wanted to make sure EMTs were properly trained.
He also said all the records of the investigation had been turned over to the attorney general's office.
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