Sunday, August 10, 2014
Multicultural groper in Britain was a doctor
A doctor who massaged a patient’s breasts with oil when she went to be treated for whiplash has been struck off.
Dr Shahid Ayyoub told the 22-year-old she had a muscular problem before lifting up her top and unclasping her bra.
The 57-year-old repeatedly stroked her breasts during the prolonged attack in a locked consultation room at the West Point Practice in Leeds.
He also grabbed the scared woman’s hair and pushed her head into his groin during the 50-minute appointment on 12 June 2012.
The woman, referred to as Patient A, was left feeling ‘violated and upset’ by the assault, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard.
The medic, who did not attend the hearing, instructed his solicitors to ask the MPTS panel to restrict his role - allowing him to conduct examinations in the presence of a chaperone or only seeing male patients.
But the panel said his actions were a 'gross abuse of trust in his position as a doctor', and was told he is no longer allowed to practise.
Ayyoub worked for St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in Merseyside before he was found guilty of sexual assault by a jury at Leeds Crown Court in January.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC jailed him for 12 months but on appeal the sentence was reduced to six months.
The shamed medic, from Sutton Heath in St Helens, Merseyside, was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for seven years and pay £2,275 in costs.
Disgraced Ayyoub has now been struck off the medical register following a two-day hearing in Manchester.
But panel chairman Dr Brian Crompton said: ‘The offences for which Dr Ayyoub was convicted were serious in nature; they were sexually motivated; they took place in a clinical setting; and they involved a female patient who was consulting with him in order to assist her claim for compensation following a road traffic accident.
Announcing the decision to strike Ayyoub off, he added: ‘In all the circumstances, the panel has concluded that the nature of Dr Ayyoub’s convictions is so serious as to be fundamentally incompatible with his continuing to be a registered medical practitioner.
‘For these reasons, the panel has determined that erasure is the only means of protecting patients, maintaining public confidence in the profession and declaring and upholding proper standards of conduct and behaviour.’
Stephen McNally, for the General Medical Council, earlier told the panel the doctor’s crimes had ‘brought the profession into disrepute.’
Opening the case, he explained how Ayyoub’s victim had consulted the medic as part of an insurance claim after suffering a car accident.
‘Dr Ayyoub expressed the view her symptoms were as a result of a muscular problem and said he would give her a massage to ease the pain,’ he said.
After the attack, Ayyoub then left the room to speak to other waiting patients and the young woman realised the door had been locked, the panel heard.
‘When he returned he continued to massage Patient A and despite her saying she needed to leave he continued to massage her back and down her sides as previously,’ Mr McNally said.
‘He started to place his hands underneath her body and fully onto her chest and breast, rubbing his hands over her breasts down her body and onto her stomach. ‘He focused more and more on her breasts, stroking her breasts repeatedly, moving his hands down onto her stomach.’
By this time she was very uncomfortable, but the doctor continued despite her telling him she needed to go, the hearing was told.
Mr McNally added: ‘Patient A described that Dr Ayyoub grabbed her roughly by the hair and pushed her head towards his groin area.
‘At that stage she pulled away from him, got to her feet and said she had to leave.’ She was able to unlock the door and leave the room, and complained to the practice and police later that day.
In a statement produced in the crown court trial she said: ‘The incident initially left me feeling scared about what was going to happen.
‘I didn’t know what to do and didn’t feel like I could just get up and leave because he was a doctor and you put your trust in doctors. ‘It left me feeling violated and upset and I felt like I didn’t know what to do with myself.’
Ayyoub has 28 days to appeal the decision before he is struck off the medical register.
Company boss banned from placing job ad which said applicants must 'speak excellent English'
A company boss has slammed the government's Jobsmatch service after his ad for a personal assistant who could 'speak excellent English' was refused because it breached the Equality Act.
Paul Scully, who runs a communications firm called Nudge Factory based in Croydon, south London, said he tried to place the ad on the government's Universal Jobsmatch website last week.
But rather than the job being listed on the site - which has hundreds of thousands of jobs around the UK - Mr Scully received a response questioning his requirement.
After he asked for an ad stating that the successful candidate should 'speak excellent English', he was sent an email asking 'why the applicant needed to speak a particular language'.
The site - run on behalf of the DWP - said a 'justification' would be needed for exempting the ad from the Equality Act 2010, passed to protect against discrimination.
Mr Scully said he was 'stunned' by the refusal, which he branded 'a ridiculous example of politically correct red tape'.
He said: 'We want a personal assistant and said in the advert we wanted someone with good communication skills, experience as a PA and that they speak excellent English.
'When I heard back from Universal Jobsmatch they told me that in order to comply with the Equality Act I would need to explain why the successful candidate would need a good command of English.
'It's political correctness at its worst - there are thousands of small businesses out there who would benefit from this site, but if they are met with these sorts of questions and barriers it's not really worth the effort.'
Mr Scully has now withdrawn the ad from Universal Jobsmatch and is advertising elsewhere for the £18,000-£24,000 job.
The Equality Act is designed to stop employers discriminating against age, race, disability, religion and gender - but does not specify language.
A spokesman for the DWP admitted that checks may have 'been too strict'.
The Universal Jobsmatch website has come under fire for a series of blunders in the past.
Among the jobs listed on the site previously was an ad for a hitman for MI6, which stated that an 'MI6 target elimination specialist' was needed.
Other ads included 'international couriers' for CosaNostra Holdings, also known as the Sicilian Mafia, as well as listings from pornographic websites.
The jobs website - which replaced Jobcentre Plus - has also been slated for hundreds of thousands of repeat or fake job ads.
He said: 'Universal Jobmatch is successfully helping people into work with around half a million employers now registered.
'We have robust procedures in place to ensure that vacancies comply with equality legislation and that jobseekers are not discriminated against.
'In this case, those checks may have been too strict and we are now reviewing our procedures.'
New study links video gaming to "well adjusted children"
A new study from Oxford University has found that playing a video game for a short amount of time could have a positive impact on children.
Participants in the study were asked to quantify the amount of time they spent playing video games on a typical school day. They were then asked to rate themselves on a number of factors such as ‘satisfaction with their lives,’ and ‘how well they got on with their peers.’
They found that children who spent less than an hour a day playing video games were more adjusted than children that did not play video games at all.
Experimental psychologist Dr Andrew Przybylski who led the study believes that there could be a number of reasons behind the finding.
"Being engaged in video games may give children a common language. And for someone who is not part of this conversation, this might end up cutting the young person off," he told the BBC.
Dr Przybylski notes that guidelines that put limits on the way children engage with video games should take this into account.
The research found that while girls and boys showed a different preference for computer based games and console based games (boys tended towards the latter and girls towards the former) the positive effects of gaming did not vary.
Similarly, the type of games being played didn’t change the effect as Dr Przybylski explains: “Many combat video games are also action video games, there is a body of research that suggests that these kinds of games may be positively linked to perceptual skills. Games designed explicitly for education purposes are pretty hit-or-miss.”
Amanda, a mum of two boys says that she isn’t surprised by the results of the study because she has observed many positive effects that gaming has had on her sons.
“My 9-year-old son, who has always had a short attention span, finds video games stimulating and challenging. It allows him to be creative and inventive,” she explains.
But mother of two and early childhood educator, Catherine says that despite limiting the amount of time her sons, 8 and 14, play video games they can still be quite “tired and grumpy” after playing. “They are fixated on getting back to the game and anything else you ask is a hassle,” she explains.
Child psychologist Jocelyn Brewer has a keen interest in the way that children engage with video games. She takes a pragmatic view. “As with most things it’s about balance – the duration, frequency, intensity and context that gaming occurs will predict whether it’s positive or negative,” she explains.
Brewer believes that many of the negative issues associated with gaming start when control or limits are absent. “Control on the amount of time a game is played (no rules or limits set by carers), that games are not age appropriate are played (think the 8-year-old playing GTA-5 all weekend because the parents don’t know what it really is or don’t have the power to say no) or they play alone and without their local peers (even though they may make ‘friends’ online playing alongside a real human increases the benefits,” she explains.
Australia: The political significance of the section 18C debacle
Many Australians think that multiculturalism means better restaurants. I doubt they thought it meant that Muslim and other ethnic lobby groups would wield the power of veto over important national policies.
That the sectional interests of organised ethnic groups might subvert the national interest has long ranked high among the concerns about multiculturalism articulated by critics on the centre-right.
That such concerns are legitimate has been verified by the debacle that is the Abbott government's decision to break its election promise and abandon its commitment to abolish section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
When announcing the policy U-turn, the Prime Minister said that the government's push to restore free speech in Australia had complicated negotiations with the Muslim community over new counter-terrorism laws.
This was a remarkably frank and alarming admission. It implied that Muslim organisations would not join 'Team Australia' and back measures to stop Islamist fanatics harming innocent Australians of all creeds and colours unless the government caved in on section 18C.
The Abbott government has not only sold out the democratic right to free speech of all Australians to help itself politically with the ethnic lobbyists and 'human rights' lawyers opposed to repealing section 18C. What is worse are the political consequences of the government's actions, which are likely to embolden the Muslim lobby at a time when it is discovering just how much political muscle it can flex.
In response to the war in Gaza, some state and federal Green and Labor MPs have publically condemned Israel, and one federal Liberal MP has encouraged Australia to adopt a 'more neutral stance on Israel.'
These calls to revise Australia's traditional, bi-partisan foreign policy of support for Israel are motivated by raw political calculation for the reasons set out by former Foreign Minister Bob Carr in his diaries released earlier this year.
Carr's book detailed the circumstances surrounding the rolling in Cabinet of the former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2012, which led to Australia abstaining on the vote in the United Nations General Assembly on the recognition of Palestine's observer status at the UN. Carr explained that the Cabinet-revolt was in response to electoral concerns that the original 'No' vote in the UN backed by Gillard would see the Labor Party lose support among Muslim voters in key Labor seats in South Western Sydney.
The final indignity of this sorry episode is the fact that one needs to worry whether it is legal to discuss its political significance. With section 18C still on the statute books, who knows who might take offence and decide to wage some 'lawfare' to shut down debate about a subject of national importance.
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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