New chiropody service walks into Bury St Edmunds
Follow it all with Gareth Griffiths throughout the day Find 1000s of local products and services Search: Email A chiropodist who kicked a police officer and swore at an 81-year-old patient was found guilty of professional misconduct today. A chiropodist who kicked a police officer and swore at an 81-year-old patient was found guilty of professional misconduct today. Christine Johnson, aged 71 at the time, told the older woman youre not leaving my f****** clinic when she suggested arranging her appointment for another day. A conduct and competence committee of the Health Professions Council (HPC) heard Johnsons attitude changed during the appointment in Rhyl, North Wales, in March last year. She became abusive after a young man put his head around the door of the room to talk about a washing machine, the hearing in Cardiff was told. Chairman Ian Crookhall said she used extremely inappropriate and abusive language, which upset her (the patient). She said, I dont care about your f****** car and I dont care if you get a f****** ticket, told her she could not leave because the clinic door was locked and said I dont care about your f****** grandson when the woman said she should leave to pick up her grandson. Mr Crookhall said there was no misconduct before Johnsons attitude changed towards the woman, who was having her first appointment with the chiropodist. She also showed the woman a tray full of nail clippings, threw them in the bin and put the tray under her feet without cleaning it, but this did not amount to misconduct, the panel ruled. It found her fitness to practise was impaired and gave Johnson, who was not at the hearing, a three-year caution order. She was also cautioned for another occasion when police were called to a domestic incident at her home in June last year after she had been out drinking. As she was being arrested she was verbally abusive and kicked an officer in the groin. She appeared at Denbighshire Magistrates Court where she was ordered to pay compensation of 50 and 50 costs after pleading guilty to assaulting a constable, restricting or obstructing a constable and disorderly behaviour. Mr Crookhall said: The panel finds that such conduct brings the profession of chiropody and podiatry into disrepute and undermines public confidence in the profession.
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Peterborough homophobic chiropodist suspended
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.
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Chiropodist who showed female assistant porn and massaged patient’s thighs is struck off
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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The locum podiatrist showed JS a video of a teenager performing a sexual act, before producing a photograph of a woman in a clothes shop changing room. 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 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’ 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.
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