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Chiropodist struck off for making inappropriate video recordings of patients
24/12/2012 - 11:47
Chiropodist struck off
Chiropodist Howard Price has been struck off the HCPC Register for recording female patients in various stages of undress and conducting examinations with no clinical reason to do so. Howard Price was employed by South Manchester University Hospital and the Withington Hospital in the Podiatry Department as well as in private practice.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Howard Price made in a large number of video tapes showing extended “clinical examinations” of adult female patients. The patients are seen in increasing stages of undress, leading in some cases to total nudity, followed by the inappropriate filming of their genital areas for extended periods of time. The Panel also saw footage of Howard Price carrying out massage on the upper thigh and genital areas of patients.
The Panel also heard that the videotapes contained footage of Howard Price having sexual intercourse with a female and pornographic images from a television channel. Over 100 videos were stored unsecured and unlabelled in his car.
Panel Chair Martin Ryder commented:
“The Panel is satisfied from the evidence and from its own viewing of some of the videos that there can be no other reason for Mr Price’s actions than sexual motivation.
“Mr Price’s behaviour was a gross abuse of the trust placed in him by his patients and was an abuse of his position as a health professional. Mr Price’s misconduct has damaged the reputation of his profession.”
The Panel decided the most appropriate action was to strike Howard Price from the Register with an Interim Suspension Order in place to cover the appeal period.
Howard Price was not present or represented at the hearing.
Notes to Editors:
1. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.
2. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here: www.hpc-uk.org/complaints/hearings/index.asp?id=3019&month=12&year=2012&EventType=H
3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints
4. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Hearing aid dispensers
Operating department practitioners
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists
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