New chiropody service walks into Bury St Edmunds
Steve Hardie failed to treat a patient appropriately and was rude to co-habiting male patients – on the basis that he believed all were gay. Mr Hardie also initially refused to go into a clinic with a gay colleague at Peterborough Community Services. The Health Professions Council (HPC) found all misconduct allegations, from 2005 to 2009, proved. The HPC’s Conduct and Competence Committee heard Mr Hardie had asked a work colleague to swap a patient because he had discovered he was HIV positive. ‘Highly offensive’ The chiropodist also failed to declare he was carrying out private podiatry work in Peterborough. The panel heard Mr Hardie, who had been given an interim suspension in February 2011, had not provided the panel with testimonials and references to demonstrate he had addressed his misconduct. He still denied the allegations and had nothing further to submit to the panel, it was told. “Mr Hardie’s attitude with patients and colleagues of homosexual orientation was unacceptable and highly offensive, both to the persons concerned and to the wider public,” the panel stated. “He has shown no insight or remorse and very little conduct to remedy his behaviour, which took place over a considerable period of time.” The suspension order will be reviewed before its expiry. The panel advised Mr Hardie to engage with the process because it would have the power to strike him off the register at that hearing if he fails to provide information.
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Nick Howsam opened the Bury St Edmunds Chiropractic Clinic this week at the Northgate Street Business Park, where he is able to assess, diagnose and treat foot complaints. By working privately, he says he is able to have longer appointments with patients to give them a better service and explain the assessment process and diagnosis. Mr Howsam said: I can talk them through that so patients have a better understanding of whats going on. As Im a podiatrist and chiropodist, were trained to assess and actually work out what the cause of a problem is rather than just treating the actual signs and symptoms. We can then put a treatment in place to try and prevent that pathology or pain. He has been a chiropodist and podiatrist for about five years – working in the NHS in Norfolk and Yorkshire and in private practice in Norfolk and Dublin. Mr Howsam used to live in Bury about 10 years ago and his family are also based in the town. He will be offering home vist appointments across the area for those unable to travel to the clinic. Contact the clinic on 01284 702155 or for home visits call 07717124907.
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Chiropodist who showed female assistant porn and massaged patient’s thighs is struck off
Asked how he got the image, he replied: ‘I can go wherever I like.’ In an effort to change the subject, JS mentioned that she had previously lived near an army barracks and could see the soldiers practising their drills. Wisson replied: ‘I bet you loved that, all those squaddies, I bet you used to to rub up against the window.’ The chiropodist then began talking about an 11-year-old girl, who he described as ‘well developed’ before claiming he had ‘taken it upon himself to teach the girl about the facts of life’. Only four months later, in August 2009, he invited a woman, known as Mrs A, to a clinic in Perry Barr, Birmingham when it was empty. The married patient said he then asked her to remove her clothes and massaged her legs and here. thighs near her bottom, telling her he ‘just wanted to meet a nice woman’. New death at poisoning hospital as police quiz male nurse amid fears FOURTH patient has become victim Mrs A managed to phone her husband and asked him to pick her up immediately. Wisson told both women that he was a former army man who saw things in ‘black and white’. Misconduct: Wisson made the suggestive comments and showed pornography to a female assistant on his first day of work at The Verwood Surgery, in Verwood, Dorset Wisson, of Redditch, Worcestershire, was struck off the register by the Health Professional Council after being found guilty of misconduct. ‘She was clearly a vulnerable woman and has been left ashamed, embarrassed and feels dirty after what you did to her’ Panel chairman Ian Cookall said that he failed to care for his patients, was completely inappropriate and that his actions were sexually motivated. ‘The comments you made to JS were derogatory and disparaging and the video that you showed to her showing a teenager performing oral sex was demonstrably offensive to her. ‘Your actions fell short of what was expected in your personal and professional conduct,’ he added. Mr Cookall said Wisson had a ‘ridiculous and fanciful’ company website idea that JS was ‘anti-male’ and that Mrs A and her husband made up the allegations against him. The panel chairman said that Mrs A had been afraid of being sexually assaulted. He told Wisson: ‘She was clearly a vulnerable woman and has been left ashamed, embarrassed and feels dirty after what you did to her.
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