Paramedic suspended after claiming remarks that a colleague 'looked like Osama ...

Paramedic is suspended after claiming remarks that 'I don't like Muslims' and that a bearded colleague 'looked like Osama bin Laden' was just banter Deena Best was found guilty of misconduct for repeated discriminatory remarks A Muslim paramedic was talking when Mrs Best interjected with the comments  Mrs Best told colleague he looked like Osama bin Laden due to length of beard

By Milly Vincent For Mailonline

Published: 17:06 BST, 8 July 2019 | Updated: 17:06 BST, 8 July 2019

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A paramedic has been suspended after telling colleagues 'I don't like Muslims', accusing one of dressing like 'a bomber' and telling another his long beard made him look like Osama Bin Laden.

Deena Best was found guilty of misconduct for repeated discriminatory remarks to staff at London Ambulance Service.

A disciplinary panel at the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) heard that in May 2017 Mrs Best - who had worked for LAS since 2008 - was having a conversation with two colleagues, one of whom was a Muslim paramedic.

Ambulance arriving at A&E department of University College Hospital London (stock)

Ambulance arriving at A&E department of University College Hospital London (stock)

During that conversation, the panel heard she remarked: 'I don't differentiate between people, I don't like Muslims' and then said: 'Mosques are bloody popping up everywhere'.

In their judgement, the panel stated that the Muslim paramedic said he had been talking with another colleague about fasting during Ramadan when Mrs Best interjected 'out of the blue'.

'(Mrs Best) then said something along the lines of: 'I don't differentiate between people, I don't like Muslims'. (He) said he brushed the comment off and hoped it was a joke.

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