Peterborough homophobic chiropodist suspended

An NHS chiropodist who discriminated against homosexuals in his work has been suspended for 12 months.

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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