Paramedic barred from patient contact after letter

WASHINGTON (AP) — A District of Columbia paramedic has been temporarily barred from contact with patients after he sent a letter to the D.C. Council about staffing shortages that he says are endangering city residents.

The fire department says the city’s privacy officer has “very serious concerns” about the letter sent to the council by Jon Botwin. He described his attempt to treat a 5-month-old girl who died of cardiac arrest and said the two paramedics that should have been closer to her home were absent the day she died. Botwin claimed that less than half the city’s paramedic positions were staffed on that day, Aug. 29. The district already has fewer paramedics than many similar urban departments.

The department says Botwin’s letter is under investigation as a possible violation of patient privacy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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