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Health worker suspended

A health worker has been suspended after telling a colleague: “Women should stick to what they know best – cooking, cleaning and bringing up children".

Martin Swain also made other offensive comments to staff and patients, including asking a Moroccan woman if she owned a camel, an independent regulator ruled.

Swain, an operating department practitioner, told a female colleague she “should stick to childcare” and that jobs like his “were best left to men”.

He asked a prisoner under guard where he had hidden the money and made comments about “shoddy” building work by eastern Europeans.

He also failed to perform safety checks while working for East Sussex Community Health Services at Lewes Victoria Hospital, a panel of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) conduct and competence committee said.

The panel was told Swain “compromised patient safety” by refusing to carry out consent checks to verify that the correct patient was present, the correct procedure was about to be performed and that any known allergies were identified in advance.

Panel chairman Colin Allies said: “In the panel’s assessment, the established facts and misconduct are serious, involving offensive, inappropriate, discriminatory language and a disregard for safety-based procedures and practices.

“There is no evidence of any insight having been developed as the registrant’s statement attempted to justify his actions by seeking to blame others.”

The panel suspended Swain, who was not present or represented at the hearing, from the HCPC register for one year, with an interim suspension order put in place to cover the appeal period.

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9:28am Fri 16 Nov 12

Poccypoc says...

How is saying “women should stick to what they know best – cooking, cleaning and bringing up children" offensive?

You can't say anything these days.
How is saying “women should stick to what they know best – cooking, cleaning and bringing up children" offensive? You can't say anything these days. Poccypoc
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9:44am Fri 16 Nov 12

Morpheus says...

Interesting that the report makes his safety failures a secondary issue.
Interesting that the report makes his safety failures a secondary issue. Morpheus
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9:46am Fri 16 Nov 12

banargustrolls says...

Did she own a camel?
Did she own a camel? banargustrolls
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9:48am Fri 16 Nov 12

Poccypoc says...

Morpheus wrote:
Interesting that the report makes his safety failures a secondary issue.
You mustn't offend women... It's like radio stations are allowed to play Elvis Costello's Oliver's Army, which includes the N word, but Ian Dury's Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick now refers to "two fat persons" instead of "two fat ladies."
[quote][p][bold]Morpheus[/bold] wrote: Interesting that the report makes his safety failures a secondary issue.[/p][/quote]You mustn't offend women... It's like radio stations are allowed to play Elvis Costello's Oliver's Army, which includes the N word, but Ian Dury's Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick now refers to "two fat persons" instead of "two fat ladies." Poccypoc
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9:49am Fri 16 Nov 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Nursing and caring tends to be a job mainly carried out by females so when is Swain going to get a proper mans job.
Oh he won't ever get one now he's been revealed as a completely useless employee.
Nursing and caring tends to be a job mainly carried out by females so when is Swain going to get a proper mans job. Oh he won't ever get one now he's been revealed as a completely useless employee. Maxwell's Ghost
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10:00am Fri 16 Nov 12

brighton-breezy says...

I feel sorry for this guy, reading between the lines he sounds like a bit of a joker, if the show was on the other foot and a woman made a similar gender stereotype I doubt it would have been an issue, if he asked an Aussie if he owned kangaroo this would be considered a joke (a poor joke but a joke nonetheless), if someone came in under police guard, I should imagine would be quite an awkward situation and 'where did you hide the money!?' is an ice breaker. Now the saftey issues are another matter, but I wonder if someone might have it in for this chap?
I feel sorry for this guy, reading between the lines he sounds like a bit of a joker, if the show was on the other foot and a woman made a similar gender stereotype I doubt it would have been an issue, if he asked an Aussie if he owned kangaroo this would be considered a joke (a poor joke but a joke nonetheless), if someone came in under police guard, I should imagine would be quite an awkward situation and 'where did you hide the money!?' is an ice breaker. Now the saftey issues are another matter, but I wonder if someone might have it in for this chap? brighton-breezy
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10:02am Fri 16 Nov 12

brighton-breezy says...

sorry, I meant to write 'if the shoe was on the other foot'
sorry, I meant to write 'if the shoe was on the other foot' brighton-breezy
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10:06am Fri 16 Nov 12

Poccypoc says...

PC world gone mad!!!!
PC world gone mad!!!! Poccypoc
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10:36am Fri 16 Nov 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Sadly some people use humour to hide genuine prejudice.
Therefore, it's best not to take a risk of making such comments. And as he is working with 'customers' many of whom are female he is clearly in the wrong job or just thick.
Also the employer pays out if staff take a tribunal claim so why would any employer want this loose cannon working for them.
Have a think breezy, you win a £50,000 contract to build an extension for a customer and one of your employees like this plank makes a joke and the customer cancels.
You wouldn't be laughing then.
Keep jokes for your mates.
Sadly some people use humour to hide genuine prejudice. Therefore, it's best not to take a risk of making such comments. And as he is working with 'customers' many of whom are female he is clearly in the wrong job or just thick. Also the employer pays out if staff take a tribunal claim so why would any employer want this loose cannon working for them. Have a think breezy, you win a £50,000 contract to build an extension for a customer and one of your employees like this plank makes a joke and the customer cancels. You wouldn't be laughing then. Keep jokes for your mates. Maxwell's Ghost
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10:40am Fri 16 Nov 12

Poccypoc says...

You can't hug anyone these days, either, without being accused of sexual abuse.
You can't hug anyone these days, either, without being accused of sexual abuse. Poccypoc
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10:51am Fri 16 Nov 12

Crystal Ball says...

Whilst the comments of this man are slightly amusing and a bit 'Carry On', the importance of confirming the credentials of a patient about to receive treatment are paramount.

Who would like to have a limb unnecessarily amputated simply because their identification was treated with amusement and ridicule by some tool in the Health Service who not only is supposed to instill confidence in that service but also be an ambassador for it and themselves?
Whilst the comments of this man are slightly amusing and a bit 'Carry On', the importance of confirming the credentials of a patient about to receive treatment are paramount. Who would like to have a limb unnecessarily amputated simply because their identification was treated with amusement and ridicule by some tool in the Health Service who not only is supposed to instill confidence in that service but also be an ambassador for it and themselves? Crystal Ball
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10:56am Fri 16 Nov 12

thevoiceoftruth says...

How is this PC world gone mad? The guy sounds like a complete idiot. Either he doesn't engage his brain before he speaks, or he is living in the dark ages. Either way, this is certainly not a professional way to behave.

Poccypoc, the sex discrimination act has been in force since 1975 - you've had 37 years to get used to it, so catch up, luvvie!
How is this PC world gone mad? The guy sounds like a complete idiot. Either he doesn't engage his brain before he speaks, or he is living in the dark ages. Either way, this is certainly not a professional way to behave. Poccypoc, the sex discrimination act has been in force since 1975 - you've had 37 years to get used to it, so catch up, luvvie! thevoiceoftruth
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11:26am Fri 16 Nov 12

Poccypoc says...

thevoiceoftruth wrote:
How is this PC world gone mad? The guy sounds like a complete idiot. Either he doesn't engage his brain before he speaks, or he is living in the dark ages. Either way, this is certainly not a professional way to behave.

Poccypoc, the sex discrimination act has been in force since 1975 - you've had 37 years to get used to it, so catch up, luvvie!
Don't you luvvie me! What is wrong with a bit of On The Buses 1970s humour? I refer to to the TV show Loose Women. Why isn't there a programme called Loose Men? I'll tell you why - the lily-livered, PC liberals would get on their high horses and have it banned!
[quote][p][bold]thevoiceoftruth[/bold] wrote: How is this PC world gone mad? The guy sounds like a complete idiot. Either he doesn't engage his brain before he speaks, or he is living in the dark ages. Either way, this is certainly not a professional way to behave. Poccypoc, the sex discrimination act has been in force since 1975 - you've had 37 years to get used to it, so catch up, luvvie![/p][/quote]Don't you luvvie me! What is wrong with a bit of On The Buses 1970s humour? I refer to to the TV show Loose Women. Why isn't there a programme called Loose Men? I'll tell you why - the lily-livered, PC liberals would get on their high horses and have it banned! Poccypoc
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11:29am Fri 16 Nov 12

banargustrolls says...

If he was saying it all 'ironically' would it still be the same?
If he was saying it all 'ironically' would it still be the same? banargustrolls
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1:10pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Orlando Faark says...

Sounds like the suspension was justified. Anyone who thinks women in the UK have developed competence in, or know 'best' about "cooking, cleaning and bringing up children" has got to be making a joke in poor taste or a moron.

If what he said were remotely true then most kids in this country wouldn't be growing up grubby, obese, and barely literate.
Sounds like the suspension was justified. Anyone who thinks women in the UK have developed competence in, or know 'best' about "cooking, cleaning and bringing up children" has got to be making a joke in poor taste or a moron. If what he said were remotely true then most kids in this country wouldn't be growing up grubby, obese, and barely literate. Orlando Faark
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1:38pm Fri 16 Nov 12

brighton-breezy says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Sadly some people use humour to hide genuine prejudice.
Therefore, it's best not to take a risk of making such comments. And as he is working with 'customers' many of whom are female he is clearly in the wrong job or just thick.
Also the employer pays out if staff take a tribunal claim so why would any employer want this loose cannon working for them.
Have a think breezy, you win a £50,000 contract to build an extension for a customer and one of your employees like this plank makes a joke and the customer cancels.
You wouldn't be laughing then.
Keep jokes for your mates.
Fair point.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Sadly some people use humour to hide genuine prejudice. Therefore, it's best not to take a risk of making such comments. And as he is working with 'customers' many of whom are female he is clearly in the wrong job or just thick. Also the employer pays out if staff take a tribunal claim so why would any employer want this loose cannon working for them. Have a think breezy, you win a £50,000 contract to build an extension for a customer and one of your employees like this plank makes a joke and the customer cancels. You wouldn't be laughing then. Keep jokes for your mates.[/p][/quote]Fair point. brighton-breezy
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3:46pm Fri 16 Nov 12

GRUMPAH says...

I'm to frightened to say a word!
I'm to frightened to say a word! GRUMPAH
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4:31pm Fri 16 Nov 12

thevoiceoftruth says...

Poccypoc wrote:
thevoiceoftruth wrote:
How is this PC world gone mad? The guy sounds like a complete idiot. Either he doesn't engage his brain before he speaks, or he is living in the dark ages. Either way, this is certainly not a professional way to behave.

Poccypoc, the sex discrimination act has been in force since 1975 - you've had 37 years to get used to it, so catch up, luvvie!
Don't you luvvie me! What is wrong with a bit of On The Buses 1970s humour? I refer to to the TV show Loose Women. Why isn't there a programme called Loose Men? I'll tell you why - the lily-livered, PC liberals would get on their high horses and have it banned!
What's wrong with that type of humour is that times have changed and to be frank, it was never really that funny. We are in a different century and it's estimated that by 2014, more women will be employed than men! Girls are already way ahead of boys in educational attainment. If you want to live in the past, that's your choice, but don't bother sharing those thoughts at work or you will most likely be sacked. Urgghh, Loose Women - honestly that show is unwatchable so I'm not sure why you want a men's version but you are welcome to it!
[quote][p][bold]Poccypoc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thevoiceoftruth[/bold] wrote: How is this PC world gone mad? The guy sounds like a complete idiot. Either he doesn't engage his brain before he speaks, or he is living in the dark ages. Either way, this is certainly not a professional way to behave. Poccypoc, the sex discrimination act has been in force since 1975 - you've had 37 years to get used to it, so catch up, luvvie![/p][/quote]Don't you luvvie me! What is wrong with a bit of On The Buses 1970s humour? I refer to to the TV show Loose Women. Why isn't there a programme called Loose Men? I'll tell you why - the lily-livered, PC liberals would get on their high horses and have it banned![/p][/quote]What's wrong with that type of humour is that times have changed and to be frank, it was never really that funny. We are in a different century and it's estimated that by 2014, more women will be employed than men! Girls are already way ahead of boys in educational attainment. If you want to live in the past, that's your choice, but don't bother sharing those thoughts at work or you will most likely be sacked. Urgghh, Loose Women - honestly that show is unwatchable so I'm not sure why you want a men's version but you are welcome to it! thevoiceoftruth
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4:38pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Poccypoc says...

thevoiceoftruth wrote:
Poccypoc wrote:
thevoiceoftruth wrote:
How is this PC world gone mad? The guy sounds like a complete idiot. Either he doesn't engage his brain before he speaks, or he is living in the dark ages. Either way, this is certainly not a professional way to behave.

Poccypoc, the sex discrimination act has been in force since 1975 - you've had 37 years to get used to it, so catch up, luvvie!
Don't you luvvie me! What is wrong with a bit of On The Buses 1970s humour? I refer to to the TV show Loose Women. Why isn't there a programme called Loose Men? I'll tell you why - the lily-livered, PC liberals would get on their high horses and have it banned!
What's wrong with that type of humour is that times have changed and to be frank, it was never really that funny. We are in a different century and it's estimated that by 2014, more women will be employed than men! Girls are already way ahead of boys in educational attainment. If you want to live in the past, that's your choice, but don't bother sharing those thoughts at work or you will most likely be sacked. Urgghh, Loose Women - honestly that show is unwatchable so I'm not sure why you want a men's version but you are welcome to it!
Men will always be superior in all areas except cooking, cleaning and washing. I laugh every time I see a woman driver. I would love to pick 100 women drivers, and I would sit in the back and count their mistakes.

Another thing, I get so annoyed when I see female dancers on lifting men. It thankfully doesn't happen often, but three such lifts already this series. It's not right. Men should not be lifted by women.
[quote][p][bold]thevoiceoftruth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poccypoc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thevoiceoftruth[/bold] wrote: How is this PC world gone mad? The guy sounds like a complete idiot. Either he doesn't engage his brain before he speaks, or he is living in the dark ages. Either way, this is certainly not a professional way to behave. Poccypoc, the sex discrimination act has been in force since 1975 - you've had 37 years to get used to it, so catch up, luvvie![/p][/quote]Don't you luvvie me! What is wrong with a bit of On The Buses 1970s humour? I refer to to the TV show Loose Women. Why isn't there a programme called Loose Men? I'll tell you why - the lily-livered, PC liberals would get on their high horses and have it banned![/p][/quote]What's wrong with that type of humour is that times have changed and to be frank, it was never really that funny. We are in a different century and it's estimated that by 2014, more women will be employed than men! Girls are already way ahead of boys in educational attainment. If you want to live in the past, that's your choice, but don't bother sharing those thoughts at work or you will most likely be sacked. Urgghh, Loose Women - honestly that show is unwatchable so I'm not sure why you want a men's version but you are welcome to it![/p][/quote]Men will always be superior in all areas except cooking, cleaning and washing. I laugh every time I see a woman driver. I would love to pick 100 women drivers, and I would sit in the back and count their mistakes. Another thing, I get so annoyed when I see female dancers on lifting men. It thankfully doesn't happen often, but three such lifts already this series. It's not right. Men should not be lifted by women. Poccypoc
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5:46pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Roundbill says...

The people who complained seem like the sort of people who laugh at Steve Coogan and Chris Morris. Is it funny if it's on Radio 4, but not in the flesh?
The people who complained seem like the sort of people who laugh at Steve Coogan and Chris Morris. Is it funny if it's on Radio 4, but not in the flesh? Roundbill
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9:50pm Fri 16 Nov 12

gnarlychaos says...

I got divorced purchased a hoover and a washing machine as replacements.
But i do miss the punch ups.
I got divorced purchased a hoover and a washing machine as replacements. But i do miss the punch ups. gnarlychaos
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9:56pm Fri 16 Nov 12

thevoiceoftruth says...

Poccypoc wrote:
thevoiceoftruth wrote:
Poccypoc wrote:
thevoiceoftruth wrote:
How is this PC world gone mad? The guy sounds like a complete idiot. Either he doesn't engage his brain before he speaks, or he is living in the dark ages. Either way, this is certainly not a professional way to behave.

Poccypoc, the sex discrimination act has been in force since 1975 - you've had 37 years to get used to it, so catch up, luvvie!
Don't you luvvie me! What is wrong with a bit of On The Buses 1970s humour? I refer to to the TV show Loose Women. Why isn't there a programme called Loose Men? I'll tell you why - the lily-livered, PC liberals would get on their high horses and have it banned!
What's wrong with that type of humour is that times have changed and to be frank, it was never really that funny. We are in a different century and it's estimated that by 2014, more women will be employed than men! Girls are already way ahead of boys in educational attainment. If you want to live in the past, that's your choice, but don't bother sharing those thoughts at work or you will most likely be sacked. Urgghh, Loose Women - honestly that show is unwatchable so I'm not sure why you want a men's version but you are welcome to it!
Men will always be superior in all areas except cooking, cleaning and washing. I laugh every time I see a woman driver. I would love to pick 100 women drivers, and I would sit in the back and count their mistakes.

Another thing, I get so annoyed when I see female dancers on lifting men. It thankfully doesn't happen often, but three such lifts already this series. It's not right. Men should not be lifted by women.
I just dropped three men and one of them now has a head injury. You sound like a really fun guy - want a lift?
[quote][p][bold]Poccypoc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thevoiceoftruth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poccypoc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thevoiceoftruth[/bold] wrote: How is this PC world gone mad? The guy sounds like a complete idiot. Either he doesn't engage his brain before he speaks, or he is living in the dark ages. Either way, this is certainly not a professional way to behave. Poccypoc, the sex discrimination act has been in force since 1975 - you've had 37 years to get used to it, so catch up, luvvie![/p][/quote]Don't you luvvie me! What is wrong with a bit of On The Buses 1970s humour? I refer to to the TV show Loose Women. Why isn't there a programme called Loose Men? I'll tell you why - the lily-livered, PC liberals would get on their high horses and have it banned![/p][/quote]What's wrong with that type of humour is that times have changed and to be frank, it was never really that funny. We are in a different century and it's estimated that by 2014, more women will be employed than men! Girls are already way ahead of boys in educational attainment. If you want to live in the past, that's your choice, but don't bother sharing those thoughts at work or you will most likely be sacked. Urgghh, Loose Women - honestly that show is unwatchable so I'm not sure why you want a men's version but you are welcome to it![/p][/quote]Men will always be superior in all areas except cooking, cleaning and washing. I laugh every time I see a woman driver. I would love to pick 100 women drivers, and I would sit in the back and count their mistakes. Another thing, I get so annoyed when I see female dancers on lifting men. It thankfully doesn't happen often, but three such lifts already this series. It's not right. Men should not be lifted by women.[/p][/quote]I just dropped three men and one of them now has a head injury. You sound like a really fun guy - want a lift? thevoiceoftruth
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1:43am Mon 19 Nov 12

tonybee says...

Don't forget blackleading the grate
& holystoning the front step,,,,,,,,
Don't forget blackleading the grate & holystoning the front step,,,,,,,, tonybee
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