Sunday, August 18, 2013
Multicultural nurse in Britain
A nurse had sex with a patient after romancing her over a meal at a tapas restaurant while she was being treated for a mental breakdown, a tribunal has today heard.
Kenneth Ngobele quizzed the woman, a manic depressive, about her sexual history and her attitude to Nigerian men, it is alleged.
Ngobele later took the woman to a La Tasca restaurant and told her 'You know I want to f*** you', the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told.
'Patient A' met Ngobele while she was being treated at Basildon Hospital in Essex following a mental breakdown.
The vulnerable woman initially kept the alleged affair secret but eventually revealed all to health workers at a clinic.
Ngobele was working as a deputy charge nurse at the time of the allegations in 2009.
It is claimed he met up with the woman after she was discharged from the hospital and twice visited her home for sex.
He also threatened to release confidential information about the woman to her employer unless she met with him, the panel heard.
In a statement, Patient A said: 'Kenneth questioned my quite heavily about my sexuality, the number of sexual partners I had had, whether they were relationships, whether I had introduced them to friends and family or whether they were one-night stands.
'As we were walking, he asked me what kind of men I liked, questioned my sexual preferences and was being quite flirty.
'I was in a really bad way and suicidal at the time.
'My stay at the hospital was two nights. It looked to me as if Kenneth was avoiding work as much as possible and then trying to come onto me.
'Kenneth came into the female-only television room to come and sit with me.
'Kenneth said, "I'm a nurse, I can go anywhere".
'Kenneth stated that he had been studying me and he had noticed that I interacted with men very well. 'I remember feeling really freaked out by that statement.'
Just as Patient A was due to be discharged, Ngobele told her she would no longer be his patient and they could meet safely, she claims. He also wrote down his phone number in her diary.
'He was staring at my body in a really sexual way,' added Patient A. 'Kenneth said that as soon as I get out, he wanted me to text him.' When they met up for the first time, Patient A said she was feeling 'really manic'. 'One way it expresses itself is I become promiscuous', she explained. 'I knew that sex was on the cards.'
Describing their meeting at La Tasca on June 14, she said: 'Kenneth paid for everything. I remember him saying, "You owe me" and said it in a sexually aggressive way. 'As soon as the door closed, it became really aggressive.'
The pair then met up again on July 7 and again had sex but Patient A then began refusing to answer his calls.
During an internal interview with trust bosses, Ngobele at first admitted some of the allegations.
But soon 'his assertions began to shift, with him creating an alternative scenario', the panel was told.
Tope Adeyemi, for the NMC, said: 'It is submitted that all of the registrant's conduct was sexually motivated and constitutes a gross breach of his privileged position.'
Ngobele was sacked following the investigation. He denies all the charges he faces at the NMC hearing.
If found guilty of misconduct he could be kicked out of the profession.
Another triumph of British bureaucracy
A sick toddler died in hospital after he was denied a potentially life-saving test because it was ‘not normally done’ at weekends, an inquest heard yesterday.
Doctors did not give two-year-old Dylan Brown a test for heart disease.
They said he showed no symptoms of heart failure and they believed he was suffering from a virus. But the toddler later died after suffering three cardiac arrests in hospital.
An expert said his treatment would have been different if the echocardiogram (ECG) test had been given. It would have revealed Dylan’s underlying heart problem and would have meant he was given a different drug.
But his consultant paediatrician, Dr Nagi Barakat, told the inquest the test ‘was not done because it was the weekend and they are not normally done at the weekend’.
And Dr Shankar Sridharan, the heart specialist who said Dylan’s treatment would have been different if the ECG had been given, also said there was no clinical evidence at the time to suggest the toddler needed this test.
Coroner Lorna Tagliavini said Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge, West London, had not failed and said Dylan was treated ‘appropriately’.
But his family said ‘big mistakes’ were made and blamed out-of-hours shortages. After the inquest, his grandfather, who asked not to be named, said: ‘The whole NHS just closes up shop at 5pm on Friday and doesn’t open up again until Monday morning. It is disgraceful: don’t get sick at the weekend.
Dylan was admitted to Hillingdon Hospital with breathing difficulties and cold-like symptoms on Wednesday, May 9 last year.
He was vomiting and his heart was beating quickly but staff thought he was suffering from a virus and did not give him an ECG test, which uses soundwaves to create a picture of the heart. He had an underlying muscle condition which was diagnosed from his birth and had undergone an ECG a year earlier.
West London Coroner’s Court heard that another ECG after his admission at Hillingdon would probably have revealed the new problem in his heart.
But it was not performed and by the time doctors realised his condition was critical – four days after his admission – he was suffering heart failure.
By the Saturday, the day before he died, his heart was racing and his eyes were puffy, which can be a symptom of an underlying heart problem. But he was still playing in his cot and showed no signs of heart failure.
Dr Barakat said: ‘The following day [Sunday] when I came in to see him, he looked very unwell. His liver was enlarged and his heart rate was very high. It was then I realised something needed to be done urgently.’
Dr Barakat tried to arrange for Dylan to be taken to a hospital ‘set up for intensive care’ but the toddler went into cardiac arrest while he was on the phone and was put on a ventilator to help him breathe.
Dylan suffered two more cardiac arrests and Dr Barakat said the decision was taken to stop his ventilator.
Dr Sridharan, of Great Ormond Street Hospital in Central London, said an ECG would have helped but insisted there was no reason for staff at Hillingdon to have ordered one, based on Dylan’s symptoms. He said: ‘It doesn’t matter if it was the weekend or not, from the evidence, there was no need for an echo.
‘That for a cardiologist is a very frightening thing because if I had to do the diagnosis again, given the information we had, I wouldn’t have done anything differently.’
A post-mortem examination showed the toddler’s heart was enlarged and his lungs had a viral infection that contributed to his death but did not cause it. The cause of death was given as heart disease. The coroner recorded a verdict of death from natural causes.
Dylan’s parents Kirk, 35, and Tara, 31, from Uxbridge, made no comment after the hearing.
The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust offered its condolences to Dylan’s family and said it hoped they would be reassured by the inquest’s findings.
U.S. Air Force Veteran Relieved of Duties for Disagreeing with Homosexuality
A 19-year veteran of the Air Force said he was relieved of his duties after he disagreed with his openly gay commander when she wanted to severely punish an instructor who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality.
“I was relieved of my position because I don’t agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage,” Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk told Fox News. “We’ve been told that if you publicly say that homosexuality is wrong, you are in violation of Air Force policy.”
The Liberty Institute is representing the Christian airman in case the Pentagon decides to retaliate.
“Are we going to have a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy for Christians so we don’t get harassed for our beliefs?” attorney Hiram Sasser asked Fox News. “Here’s a guy who wants to have his religious liberty and serve in the military. He shouldn’t have to believe in gay marriage in order to serve.”
A spokesperson for Lackland Air Force Base public affairs told Fox News Monk was not punished and that he was simply at the end of his assignment.
"They did have a disagreement, but supposedly, they agreed to disagree," the spokesperson told Fox News. "But the wing commander said there was no punishment.
Monk has served as a first sergeant at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio since 2011. He recently returned from a deployment and discovered he had a new commander – an open lesbian.
“In one of our first meetings, she was talking about her promotion and she mentioned something about a benediction,” Monk told Fox News. “She said she wanted a chaplain but objected to one particular chaplain that she called a bigot because he preached that homosexuality is a sin.”
“She then said, ‘I don’t know what kind of people actually believe that kind of crap,’” Monk said, recalling the meeting. “I knew I was going to have a rough time in this unit and I would have to be very careful what I said.”
That moment came when Monk was called in to advise the commander on a disciplinary matter involving an Air Force instructor accused of making comments objecting to gay marriage.
The instructor was investigated and the members of his trainees were asked if the instructor had slandered homosexuals and whether he created a hostile work environment.
Monk said he quickly determined the instructor meant no harm by his public comments – comparing the United States with the fall of the Roman Empire.
“He said in spite of our differences, we can’t let that happen to the United States,” Monk said. “He then used homosexual marriage as an example – saying that he didn’t believe in it – but it doesn’t matter because he was going to train them the same way.”
Seven people filed complaints about the remarks. It then became Monk’s job to advise the commander on disciplinary action.
“Her very first reaction was to say, ‘we need to lop off the head of this guy,'” Monk said. “The commander took the position that his speech was discrimination.”
Monk suggested she use the incident as a learning experience – a way to teach everyone about tolerance and diversity.
“I don’t believe someone having an opinion for or against homosexuality is discriminatory,” Monk told Fox News.
From that point, Monk said he was told that he wasn’t on the same page as the commander and if I didn’t get on the page they were on, they would find another place for me to work.”
“I’m being chastised about what’s going on,” he said. “I’m told that members of the Air Force don’t have freedom of speech. They don’t have the right to say anything that goes against Air Force policy.”
Monk, who is a devout evangelical Christian, said he met with the young instructor and told him that he was fighting for him.
“He was really concerned,” he said. “He said he felt like he was on an island – that he couldn’t be who he is anymore. He didn’t understand why somebody would be offended.”
The instructor was eventually punished by having a letter of counseling placed in his official file.
Monk soon found himself in a very similar position after his commander ordered him to answer a question about whether people who object to gay marriage are guilty of discrimination.
“She said, ‘Sgt. Monk, I need to know if you can, as my first sergeant, if you can see discrimination if somebody says that they don’t agree with homosexual marriage,’” he said. “I refused to answer the question.”
Monk said to answer would have put him in a legal predicament.
“And as a matter of conscience I could not answer the question the way the commander wanted me to,” he said.
At that point, Monk said that perhaps it would be best if he went on leave. The commander agreed.
“I was essentially fired for not validating my commander’s position on having an opinion about homosexual marriage,” he said.
Monk said he is brokenhearted over the way the military has treated him.
“If this young man would’ve given a speech and said he was good with homosexuality, we wouldn’t be here,” he said. “The narrative is that you cannot say anything that contradicts Air Force policy.”
He said in essence, Christians are trading places with homosexuals. “Christians have to go into the closet,” he said. “We are being robbed of our dignity and respect. We can’t be who we are.”
Monk said he is scared to speak out – and understands that he could face severe penalties.
“They will make this about me but I have an impeccable record,” he said. “I stand on my own two feet. People have to know what’s going on.”
And he’s also doing it for his three teenage sons. “Every night after dinner we read the Bible together,” he said. “I tell the boys we’ve got a lot of stuff going on in this world and we need people to stand up. My boys know what I’m going through. They are looking at me – wanting to know how I’m going to handle this.”
He said the Monks have a “family ethos.” “The Monk family will be strong in mind, strong in soul, they will have strong character and strong work ethic,” he said. “That is the ethos of our family. That’s what I hope they see in me.”
And more importantly, he hopes his young sons will see “a man who stand upright and stands for integrity.”
Christian Family-Owned Gun Parts Firm Wins Reprieve From HHS Mandate
A federal judge in the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday that was requested by a Michigan gun parts manufacturer seeking an exemption to the Obama administration's Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive mandate.
Noting that there was a similar case pending before the D.C. Court of Appeals, the Department of Justice decided last week not to defend the administration against the lawsuit filed August 5th by Trijicon, Inc., a Christian family-owned firm that manufactures high-quality optical gun sights for the military and law enforcement.
The company has 257 full-time employees.
“Without an injunction, plaintiffs will imminently be forced to include abortion-inducing items in their health insurance plan in violation of their religious beliefs, thereby suffering irreparable harm to their constitutional and statutory rights to freely exercise their religion, ” attorneys for Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the company in its legal battle against the mandate, successfully argued in their motion for the preliminary injunction.
“For right now, the government is enjoined from enforcing the mandate against our client, so it’s a tremendous victory for Trijicon,” Alliance attorney Jeremy Tedesco told CNSNews.com.
“The company’s new health plan starts Sept. 1st. Without this injunction, our clients would be facing exorbitant fines or be forced to pay for abortifacients and not be able to exercise their religious beliefs according to their consciences.”
The HHS mandate would have triggered a $100 penalty for each employee per day if Trijicon refused to cover abortifacients in its employee health insurance plan.
“Trijicon and its owners hold the sincere religious belief that life begins at conception/fertilization, and that any method that functions to prevent or disrupt implantation of a fertilized human embryo is morally wrong and results in the wrongful taking of a human life,” the lawsuit noted.
“Accordingly, for many years Trijicon has instructed its health insurance provider to not include coverage for the voluntary termination of pregnancies in its health insurance plan for employees….Trijicon believed that this exclusion covered abortifacient items like Plan B, ella, and others.”
Trijicon president and CEO Stephen Binden, who owns the company with his five siblings, said that his father, Glyn Bindon, “began this business with the intent of treating our employees and customers in a way that represented his strong Christian faith….We are simply trying to retain the culture and values we’ve always promoted here at Trijicon.”
And since the mandate “violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” the company’s attorneys argued, “Trijicon is likely to succeed on the merits...
"The most striking obstacle to Defendants’ assertion of a compelling interest is that the government itself has voluntarily omitted tens of millions of women from the Mandate….But Defendants still refuse to exempt Trijicon," the lawsuit pointed out.
Alliance attorney Matt Bowman told LifeSiteNews that the Obama administration has become increasingly reluctant to defend the HHS mandate in court since July 19th, when the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Hobby Lobby a temporary injunction against its enforcement.
“The [Trijicon] suit joins an ever-growing number of legal challenges to the mandate, a component of Obamacare that forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and devices, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy penalties. It is currently losing in court nationwide.” Bowman said in a statement.
In 26 of 32 cases directly considering requests to block the mandate, "courts have issued orders protecting religious freedom, sometimes even without government objection,” he said.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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