BBC News - 18 February 2012
Cambridgeshire - 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
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.
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
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
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.