Incredible! NHS radiographer who groped five colleagues ‘was not sexually motivated’ says tribunal as he escapes being struck off
Does the NHS really need blacks brutes who can do no wrong?
A radiographer who was accused of groping five colleagues escaped being struck off after a misconduct panel ruled his behaviour was ‘not sexually motivated’.
Nwke Nana also made inappropriate comments to a nurse while working at the The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, the Health Professions Council heard
But he was suspended for just 12 months after the panel ruled touching a colleague over a lead apron was unlikely to provide sexual pleasure.
He was found to have acted inappropriatly to the five women, named only as A, B, C, D and E, during 2010, but cleared of sexually motivated conduct.
Panel chair Clare Reggiori said: ‘Whilst it has been proven that the registrant made sexual advances to Witness A, and behaved inappropriately to Witnesses B, C, D and E, the panel is not satisfied that this conduct was sexually motivated. ‘For example, touching someone over a lead apron is unlikely to provide any sexual pleasure.’
Miss Reggiori added: ‘Taking account of the registrant’s serious misconduct which persisted over a lengthy period, which involved 5 work colleagues, the panel has reached the conclusion that suspension would be appropriate bearing in mind that it would adequately reassure the public. ‘This sanction will also deter the registrant and others who may contemplate this type of serious misbehaviour.’
Earlier this week the five women gave evidence against Nana from behind a screen at the central London hearing.
The first witness, known only as ‘Nurse A’ explained how she sobbed to her husband after Nana pinned her up against a wall and groped her. ‘I think he came in after me and I was pushed up against the wall and held me up by my shoulders,’ she said.
‘He moved his hands down towards my breasts and then down to my genital area. ‘I pushed him away and shouted at him to stop it, and that there was no need for him to touch me.’ ‘It was really upsetting and quite frightening.
‘I was quite upset and started crying when I was at home at the dinner table, and I told my husband what had happened that day.
‘My husband demanded that I make a complaint, otherwise he would go to work to sort it our himself. He was very angry.’
After she made her complaint other women came forward to claim Nana had also harassed them.
Exposed: How patients are dying needlessly from bedsores
Pamela Goddard, an 82-year-old music teacher who conducted an amateur choir, had battled breast cancer for 50 years. Yet it was not the cancer that killed this grandmother of five — it was a bedsore.
Three years ago, Mrs Goddard was admitted to East Surrey Hospital for breathlessness connected with heart failure.
As her son Adrian, 55, recalls: ‘Her notes reveal that she was assessed as being at high risk of developing bedsores, yet within three days she had developed sores on her heels and a serious sore on her back because they simply did not take any preventive action.
‘She was in a lot of pain. But despite the fact that there were staff around the ward all the time, and we kept mentioning the sores to them, nothing seemed to change in her care. They were more focused on getting her out of hospital.’
The bedsore at the base of Mrs Goddard’s spine became infected — ‘probably because despite being diagnosed with a bedsore, she was left sitting in her own excrement,’ says Adrian — and four weeks after being admitted to hospital she died of septicaemia.
Bedsores are caused when a patient lies immobile for a period of time, unable to shift their weight or get up and move around. This puts pressure on certain areas of the body — often the heel, back and elbows — reducing circulation and cutting the supply of oxygen and vital nutrients. The tissue begins to bruise, and if a patient is not moved or ‘turned’, it dies off. In severe cases, such as Mrs Goddard’s, this can leave a gaping hole that is not only extremely painful and distressing, but can prove fatal.
Bedsores, or pressure ulcers as they are officially called, are thought to affect 412,000 patients annually. More than 27,000 people died with bedsores or infected wounds in 2010, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics. Bedsores kill almost as many as the hospital superbug MRSA, and cost the NHS up to £2 billion a year in care costs.
Even when they don’t kill, they inflict terrible pain and rob thousands of patients of their mobility and independence.
The elderly are particularly at risk — simply because they tend to suffer more with poor circulation and because they are less mobile. In some cases, bedsores can develop in as little as four hours. Younger people can also suffer them.
Former nurse Andrea McGoverin, 44, developed a severe pressure ulcer after being in labour for 24 hours. She’d been admitted to St James’s Hospital in Leeds to be induced to give birth to Luca, now three.
‘I was suffering from a condition called pelvic girdle pain and was unable to walk about, and because of the epidural I wasn’t able to shift myself up. This meant that I was lying in the same position for 24 hours. ‘During this time, I wasn’t assessed for pressure ulcers and wasn’t turned.’
After giving birth, Andrea mentioned to her husband that the base of her spine was very painful, and when she was turned over staff discovered a large pressure sore that took four months to heal.
The travesty is that bedsores are preventable, simply by ensuring the patient is regularly turned and pressure areas checked for signs of tissue damage. ‘In this day and age, no one should acquire a pressure sore in hospital — it demonstrates a lack of basic care,’ says Peter Walsh, from charity Action Against Medical Accidents.
‘People too often look for high-tech solutions to problems, but the solution here is about getting back to basic nursing care.’
David Kerry, of Attwaters Solicitors, which specialises in medical negligence cases, says: ‘With proper attention and care, these pressure sores should not occur. ‘The moment you hear someone has a pressure sore, you know, as a solicitor, the chances are you are going to win a medical negligence case. I’ve come across only one case in 31 years where an expert has said a pressure sore was not preventable.’
The Government concurs. Last year, in his first major speech after becoming Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley named pressure ulcers as an example of unsafe care. Despite this, there is no national database for recording the incidence of bedsores.
‘It is astounding that there is no mandatory monitoring of pressure sores, like there is for MRSA,’ says Katherine Murphy of the Patients’ Association. ‘Bedsores cause untold pain and misery for thousands of patients, but are completely avoidable. Yet the information on how the NHS deals with this growing problem is still sparse and patchy.’
But the fact remains, patients in the care of NHS hospitals are still suffering pressure ulcers that are avoidable.
The Mail’s GP Dr Martin Scurr describes this as ‘scandalous’, asking: ‘How can patients in this era of amazing medical advance still be getting — and dying from — bedsores?’
One of the main problems is that sometimes the elderly are not properly assessed for their risk of developing them, says solicitor David Kerry. ‘And even if they are assessed on admission to hospital and considered at risk, they’re still not turned and given interventions, such as air mattresses, which are much softer than normal mattresses, and so do not exert the same pressure on areas such as the heels and back.
‘There also seems to be a situation arising where nurses think they are over-qualified to do basic tasks, or are over-burdened with bureaucracy. ‘Sometimes nursing becomes so much of a form-filling episode that they don’t have time for basic care.’
Andrea McGoverin, who now teaches communication skills to medics, believes ignorance is also a factor. ‘I think the problem was that many of the junior midwives simply didn’t know about pressure sores,’ she says. ‘But when I trained as a nurse it was a crucial part of our teaching.
‘Now, Leeds University, which has links to the hospital, asks me to come back every year to explain to their newest intake of midwives about the danger of pressure sores, and the maternity unit assess all patients for risk of pressure ulcers.’ Andrea also now researches the problem through the Pressure Ulcer Research Service User Network (PURSUN).
A lack of training and basic equipment such as hoists and mattresses are often cited by healthcare professionals as key factors that can lead to the formation of pressure ulcers.
So, too, is lack of staff, says Mark Collier, a NHS tissue viability nurse, speaking on behalf of the Royal College of Nurses. ‘Moving and turning patients is incredibly labour-intensive. Even with a hoist it requires two nurses. Since the Eighties, the number of fully trained staff on a ward has gone from five or six to two per shift. ‘And whereas nurses have around six hours of training in pressure ulcers, healthcare assistants may get only one hour.’
Another problem is the lack of specialist care. Under Department of Health rules, all incidences of grade three or four bedsores must be investigated by the hospital. This involves calling in a specialist — a tissue viability nurse — to find out what went wrong and prevent the problem in future, as well as helping treat the patient.
However, these specialist nurses are over-stretched: last year, a report from the Patients’ Association revealed that each NHS acute trust (which can be responsible for more than two major hospitals) employs an average of 1.6 tissue viability nurses. This compares to 5.2 infection control nurses, who are charged with preventing deaths from hospital-acquired superbugs.
In response to our report, Health Minister Simon Burns said: ‘We are determined to create a safer NHS, one where substandard care will not be tolerated. Bedsores are avoidable. We want to make sure that fewer and fewer patients suffer them.’
Will this be enough to tackle these unnecessary and hideous injuries? Katherine Murphy, from the Patients’ Association, says: ‘Time after time we are told that tackling bedsores is being made a priority, but still they continue to plague patients. What we need is mandatory monitoring of pressure sores.’
Bedsores ‘epitomise the deeply worrying rot at the heart of healthcare in this country’, says Dr Scurr. ‘It’s time something was done about it.’
The hospital where Pamela Goddard was treated has since apologised for the poor standard of care she received, but three years on, time has not diminished her son’s anger.
Adrian says: ‘My mother was a staunch defender of the NHS, which made it even more tragic when the system she championed let her down so badly and allowed her to die from something that is completely preventable.’
In response to our investigation, George Eliot Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘We firmly believe we are taking the correct action by recording all identified pressure sores, and would urge colleagues nationally to take the same approach and for standardised methods to be adopted across the NHS.’
Don’t legalise gay marriage, Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu warns David Cameron
Marriage must remain a union between a man and a woman, says the Archbishop of York, and David Cameron will be acting like a “dictator” if he allows homosexual couples to wed.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Dr John Sentamu, the second most senior cleric in the Church of England, tells ministers they should not overrule the Bible and tradition by allowing same-sex marriage.
The Government will open a consultation on the issue in March and the Prime Minister has indicated that he wants it to be a defining part of his premiership. But the Archbishop says it is not the role of the state to redefine marriage, threatening a new row between the Church and state just days after bishops in the House of Lords led a successful rebellion over plans to cap benefits.
“Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman,” says Dr Sentamu. “I don’t think it is the role of the state to define what marriage is. It is set in tradition and history and you can’t just [change it] overnight, no matter how powerful you are.
“We’ve seen dictators do it in different contexts and I don’t want to redefine very clear social structures that have been in existence for a long time and then overnight the state believes it could go in a particular way.
“It’s almost like somebody telling you that the Church, whose job is to worship God [will be] an arm of the Armed Forces. They must take arms and fight. You’re completely changing tradition.”
It was widely assumed that the Church would have to accept same-sex marriage for fear of appearing out of touch. Dr Sentamu says the bishops in the House of Lords did not try to stop Labour introducing civil partnerships in 2004, giving homosexual couples improved legal rights.
The Church tolerates clergy who are in civil relationships but expects them to be celibate. The Archbishop says the Church was also content with last year’s move to allow civil partnership ceremonies in places of worship, as long as it is voluntary and agreed by the governing body of any particular denomination.
But Dr Sentamu is opposed to the homosexual civil marriage proposal, and says the Government would face a rebellion on any changes in legislation. His intervention may serve as a rallying cry for traditionalist Tories who oppose Mr Cameron’s plan.
“The rebellion is going to come not only from the bishops,” he says. “You’re going to get it from across the benches and in the Commons.
“If you genuinely would like the registration of civil partnerships to happen in a more general way, most people will say they can see the drift. But if you begin to call those ‘marriage’, you’re trying to change the English language.”
“That does not mean you diminish, condemn, criticise, patronise any same-sex relationships because that is not what the debate is about.
“The Church has always stood out – Jesus actually was the odd man out. I’d rather stick with Jesus than be popular because it looks odd.”
Dr Sentamu, in Jamaica to mark its 50 years of independence, also says the Church’s leadership needs to become less middle class.
Lord Carey backs Christian psychotherapist in ‘gay conversion’ row
Leading church figures including the former Archbishop of Canterbury have sparked controversy by championing a psychotherapist who believes gay men can be ‘cured’ of their homosexuality.
Lesley Pilkington was effectively barred from her professional register after attempting to convert a homosexual man in a therapy session at her home.
Her patient turned out to be a gay rights journalist, who had secretly recorded the sessions and then reported her to her professional body. Mrs Pilkington, a committed Christian, was subsequently found guilty of professional misconduct.
The therapy practised by Mrs Pilkington had been described as “absurd” by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and roundly condemned by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
But ahead of her appeal against the BACP ruling, Mrs Pilkington has received backing from the Rt Rev Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.
In a letter to her professional body, Lord Carey – along with a number of senior figures – suggests Mrs Pilkington is herself a victim of entrapment whose therapy should be supported.
His comments – in a letter co-signed by, among others, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester and the Rt Rev Wallace Benn, the Bishop of Lewes – will cause controversy in the gay community and beyond.
The joint letter states: “Psychological care for those who are distressed by unwanted homosexual attractions has been shown to yield a range of beneficial client outcomes, especially in motivated clients … Such therapy does not produce harm despite the Royal College of Psychiatrists and others maintaining the contrary.”
It concludes: “Competent practitioners, including those working with biblical Judeo-Christian values, should be free to assist those seeking help.”
Lawyers acting for Mrs Pilkington will argue at the appeal hearing on Wednesday that the counsellor did not get a fair hearing.
The case against Mrs Pilkington – first reported in The Sunday Telegraph a year ago – was brought by Patrick Strudwick, a journalist, who approached her at a largely Christian conference and asked her to treat him.
In May 2009, Mr Strudwick attended a therapy session at Mrs Pilkington’s private practice, based at her home in Chorleywood, Herts, and recorded the session on a tape machine strapped to his stomach.
On the tape, Mr Strudwick asks Mrs Pilkington if she views homosexuality as “a mental illness, an addiction or an anti religious phenomenon”. She replies: “It is all of that.”
Last year, Mr Strudwick said: “Entering into therapy with somebody who thinks I am sick … is the singularly most chilling experience of my life.
“If a black person goes to a GP and says I want skin bleaching treatment, that does not put the onus on the practitioner to deliver the demands of the patient. It puts the onus on the health care practitioner to behave responsibly.”
Mrs Pilkington said her method of therapy – Sexual Orientation Change Efforts – is legitimate and effective.
The therapy is practised by a handful of psychotherapists in Britain. The method involves behavioural, psychoanalytical and religious techniques.
Homosexual men are sent on weekends away with heterosexual men to “encourage their masculinity” and “in time to develop healthy relationships with women”, said Mrs Pilkington.
Her legal defence is being funded by the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), which has instructed Paul Diamond, a leading human rights barrister, to fight the case.
Fun breakfast freaks the do-gooders
A monster breakfast which weighs the same as a small child and could potentially kill diners is attracting criticism from angry health campaigners
The Kidz Breakfast at Jesters Diner in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, includes 12 rashers of bacon, 12 sausages and six eggs and weighs on average 9lb – 1lb 5oz more than the average newborn baby.
Health experts are demanding its removal from the menu and are warning someone with a heart condition could die if they eat it, with each helping amounting to at least 6,000 calories, up to three days’ food intake for an average person.
WHAT GOES IN TO THE KIDZ BREAKFAST
12 rashers of bacon
Four black pudding slices
Four slices of bread and butter
Four slices of toast
Four slices of fried bread
Two hash browns
Eight-egg cheese and potato omelette
Greasy spoon owner Martin Smith said the gigantic breakfast, which comes on a 2.5 sq ft plate, is ‘just a bit of fun’, with the menu inviting diners to tuck in and ‘leave a stone heavier’.
Customers are also offered the £15 mammouth meal for free if they can devour the fry-up in less than an hour without help but no one has managed the stomach bursting feat.
Ellie Hambling, from HeartCare Cardiac Support Group, said: ‘It would absolutely ruin your heart. It’s a no-goer I’m afraid.’
Prof David Haslam, from the National Obesity Forum, warned it ‘is possible’ someone could die after eating the meal in a single sitting, but added it was ‘very unlikely’. He said eating the breakfast was ‘dangerous’ and ‘profoundly wrong’ and could lead to diabetes, heart disease and a stroke. Prof Haslam added the diner should take responsibility by ‘taking it off the market’.
The breakfast has not yet been assessed by Guinness World Records, but according to records would take the title of the largest commercially available English breakfast.
The current holder, as of 1 December 2009, could be bought at Mario’s Cafe Bar in Westhoughton, Bolton, weighing an average of 6lb 7oz.
Mr Smith said: “We kept getting hassled that our Fat Boy Breakfast wasn’t big enough so we decided that we’d go one stage further and take it to the ultimate.”
He added: “Obviously this is not something that should be attempted lightly. We don’t particularly recommend it. It’s just a bit of fun really.”
The diner owner has refused to take his big breakfast off the menu but has agreed to help raise money for the HeartCare charity.
Competitive British parents ‘taking joy out of childhood’
Competitive parents are taking the joy out of childhood by subjecting sons and daughters to regular tutoring at a young age, a leading headmistress has warned.
Mothers and fathers risk undermining their children’s natural development with evening and weekend lessons in the three-Rs – in addition to more than 40 hours of school work and extra curricular activities, it is claimed.
Alexia Bracewell, the head of fee-paying Longacre School in Guildford, Surrey, told how parents of three-year-olds regularly approached teachers to enquire what was needed to make sure children gain top Sats results or pass senior school entry exams.
She warned that many families were “setting their children up to fail” by pushing them too hard during the early years. “The joy of childhood is fast disappearing with parents eagerly inflicting one activity after another in a desperate bid to ensure their child succeeds,” she said.
“Parents’ ambition and intervention in their child’s education is undoubtedly hampering a pupil’s enjoyment and ability to develop at an individual rate… Of course, you must be sympathetic to parents but the pressure needs to be controlled. “I regularly see the inescapable problem of competitive parents.
“It is a natural instinct to want the best for your child. but the claws come out in some parents when their child fails to get the lead role in the school play, does not get selected for the 1st XI or fails to win a particular prize.”
Tutoring is increasingly popular in preparation for the 11-plus and Common Entrance – the traditional entry exams for grammar schools and private senior schools.
One study has suggested almost half of families now pay for private tutors to prepare sons and daughters for the 11-plus and a further 30 per cent coach them at home. Most received between 12 months and two years’ worth of tuition, it was revealed.
Growing numbers of children are also tutored for GCSEs and A-levels, particularly amid rising competition for places at the best universities.
But writing in Attain, the magazine for the Independent Association of Prep Schools, Mrs Bracewell warned that exam cramming was “ultimately counterproductive”.
She also called for greater regulation of the tutoring industry to reduce the number of “unqualified, inexperienced and possibility fraudulent tutors”.
“If a child requires this level of support to gain entry to a school, how will they endure the level of expectation going forwards?” she said. “Parents are inadvertently setting their children up to fail unless they are prepared to invest financially in a lifetime of tutoring, which of course does not consider the implications for the child and the increasing peer pressure of adolescence.”
Nicholas Allen, the headmaster of Newton Prep School, London, and chairman-elect of the IAPS, said some parents were “reliving their own life” through their children.
“The most difficult thing that heads have to deal with is when not only do the parents have overwhelming ambition which is way beyond the child’s capacity or motivation, but also there’s a sense that they are reliving their own life, their own ambitions, through their children,” he told Attain.
William Stadlen, founder of Holland Park Tuition, London, said the comments overlooked the “basic benefits” of being tutored by professional agencies.
He said parents should “enlist the support of a well-reputed organisation as referred by your child’s school and apply tuition only where absolutely necessary and ensure it is targeted at specific issues highlighted by your son or daughter’s teacher”.
“A tutor should enhance a child’s appreciation of a subject, build her confidence and set her free to enjoy the experience of school once short term problems have been addressed,” he said.
Warmist Prof. Phil Jones in June 2003 admits to changing his treatment of the data so as to confirm a warming trend
“Also, note that I’ve changed the way we smooth the series to preserve the late 20th century trend, like we did in the Eos piece. I’ve always estimated the uncertainties a bit more conservatively as described in text–so they’re a bit expanded now. None of the conclusions change, although the globe is actually a bit more anomalous in the late 20th century when you spreserve the late 20th century trend in the smoothing, so I’ve tweaked the wording there just a bit…”
There is a new lot of postings by Chris Brand just up — on his usual vastly “incorrect” themes of race, genes, IQ etc.