A diabetic paramedic claims he has been discriminated against because his bosses have banned him from working in ambulances.

Stephen Perry, 53, had been working as a paramedic for 25 years when he was diagnosed with diabetes.

The DVLA and Mr Perry's doctors have said he is still fit enough to work, but South East Coast Ambulance bosses have said his condition means he could be a danger to patients.

Mr Perry, of Rustington said he was "as low as he could get" after being given the ultimatum of taking a desk post or losing his job.

He passed medical assessments to enable him to drive large goods vehicles like ambulances but is still not being allowed to drive.

He said: "I believe this is a clear case of discrimination. They are claiming I'm unfit to drive an ambulance, which is not the case. I m still driving my car."

Mr Perry took his case to a grievance hearing and ambulance bosses promised to review the risk assessment.

A spokesman for Secamb said: "The Trust has followed the due legal process throughout in this case with trade union involvement.

"We have looked closely at this member of staff's individual circumstances and it has been determined that he cannot be employed in a frontline role which requires emergency driving. This case will be reviewed in the future in light of any change in medical advice.