Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Another integrity-free multiculturalist
A doctor has been struck off after carried out private work without telling his NHS bosses.
Essam Aly, 55, carried out operations while on a paid career break from his £95,000-a-year post as an anesthetist at the Queen's Hospital in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, telling employers he was doing charity work in his native Egypt.
In an attempt to keep the scheme hidden, Dr Aly convinced a junior doctor to pose as an official and sent a 'blatantly untrue' document to hospital chiefs, a Medical Practitioners Tribunal has found.
Last year Dr Aly, a father of two, was involved in a divorce ruling in which he was order to hand over all of his £550,000 estate to his ex-wife after he was accused of 'washing his hands' of his family.
Dr Aly has now had his medical registration withdrawn because of his 'stark dishonesty and disregard for the principles of integrity'.
After 11 years at the hospital, Dr Aly was granted a career break in July 2012 on the understanding he would carry out charity work and study acupuncture in China.
He was granted a further six-month extension to his time off in October 2012.
However on two occasions he travelled to Bahrain to undertake paid work at the King Hamad University Hospital without the authority of the NHS trust.
Dr Aly claimed he had spent time at Bahraini hosptials on a voluntary basis but this was contradicted by HR documentation.
He later colluded with a junior doctor to send an email to 'Dr E', a senior doctor at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The email was purportedly from Sheikh Saadani, the director of the hospital HR department in Bahrain and stated Dr Aly had not worked there. It was later proved Sheikh Saadani did not exist, the Manchester tribunal heard.
Dr Aly and the junior doctors both received official warning letters. Dr Aly later wrote or caused an email to be written in the name of 'Dr E'. A costly investigation into the potential hacking of emails took place but none was found.
Dr Aly also handed over an email to an NHS trust solicitor purporting to be from a 'Dr G'. An attachment backing up his claim was signed by a doctor who did not exist.
The tribunal's report said Dr Aly's 'many and various actions' were 'dishonest by the standard of ordinary and honest people'.
The medic claimed he was not able to attend the hearing as he had been prevented from leaving Egypt because he could not prove he had completed his compulsory military service. The mitigating report stated he was in good standing in Bahrain and Egypt.
The tribunal ruled: 'On each and every occasion in which he had falsified emails, been economical and/or manipulative with the truth and failed to be honest, open and reliable, Dr Aly had failed the test of probity.
'His stark dishonesty and disregard for the principles of integrity, appropriate role modelling and departure from all sense of acceptable practice was, by all standards, deplorable.'
Of particular concern was that Dr Aly convinced a junior doctor to impersonate an official 'in order to further his own ends'.
A Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokesman: 'This is a matter for the General Medical Council and it would not be appropriate for the trust to comment.'
Nearly TWO THIRDS of the public believe migrants are not fitting in well to British society, according to a poll
Nearly two thirds of the public believe that migrants are not integrating well into British society, according to a poll.
Research by YouGov found concern over how arrivals were fitting in rose to 79 per cent among those who voted for Brexit in the historic EU referendum.
By contrast, among people who supported Remain the figure was much lower at 38 per cent.
The results of the survey, conducted for of social integration charity The Challenge, underline the importance of immigration in the referendum result.
They emerged as the government prepares to publish an official review of integration.
The study by Dame Louise Casey is said to criticise ministers for failing to manage immigration better, tackle extremism and help minorities fit in.
The assessment has apparently been ready for months but its publication was delayed after Home Office officials expressed ‘unhappiness’ about its content.
It is said to cite a lack of a strategy to integrate communities, with some areas becoming Muslim-only zones, and the failure to promote and defend a programme designed to counter radicalism.
The poll, carried out earlier this month, found 58 per cent 58 per cent believe migrants are not integrating well into British society.
It suggests that older voters are less likely to believe migrants have integrated well.
While almost half - 47 per cent - of 18 to 24 year olds think migrants are fitting in well, the figure was just 19 per cent for those aged 65 or over.
Some 84 per cent of Ukip voters at the 2015 general election and 72 per cent of Tory voters think migrants are not integrating well - compared to 47 per cent of Labour supporters.
More than a third of those questioned thought British nationals should be doing more to help immigrants integrate into British society.
Transgender Case Lands in Supreme Court
For the first time, the nation's highest court will wade into the issue transgender rights — a contentious debate that has divided communities and courts across the country.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that the justices will take up the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent a transgender teenager from using the boys' bathroom at his high school.
Here are five things you should know about the case and its potential implications nationwide:
HOW DID THIS CASE COME ABOUT?
The case was initially brought by Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old high school senior, who was born female but identifies as male.
Grimm was allowed to use the boys' restroom at his high school for several weeks in 2014. But after some parents complained, the Gloucester County School Board adopted a policy requiring students to use either the restroom that corresponds with their biological gender or a private, single-stall restroom. Grimm says that policy violates Title IX, a federal law that bars sex discrimination in schools.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Grimm, concluding that courts should defer to the U.S. Department of Education's interpretation of Title IX. The 4th Circuit pointed to a letter that the Department of Education sent the Gloucester County School Board in January 2015, which said transgender students should be allowed to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identities.
HOW BIG OF A DEAL IS THIS?
To members of the transgender community, there's a lot at stake in Grimm's case. Shannon Minter, a transgender man and an attorney who works on transgender issues, called Friday "one of the most important days in the history of the transgender movement."
"The outcome of this case is likely to shape the future of that movement in ways that will resonate for a very long time," Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said in an email.
The case is also being closely watched by parents who say allowing transgender students into the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice raises serious privacy concerns.
"I think it was bound to happen that the Supreme Court would weigh in eventually," said Vicki Wilson, a parent part of a lawsuit seeking to block a suburban Chicago school district from allowing a transgender student to use a girls' locker room and restroom.
But it's not certain that this case will result in a major ruling about transgender rights, said Kari Hong, an assistant law professor at Boston College who focuses on LGBT rights.
A central question in Grimm's case is whether the Department of Education's letter spelling out its position on Title IX should be given legal weight. It's possible the court will address that issue without even getting to the larger question of transgender rights.
HOW WILL THIS AFFECT CASES IN NORTH CAROLINA AND ESLEWHERE?
If the justices do address the larger question, Grimm's case could have a big impact on similar lawsuits pending around the country.
The Obama administration and North Carolina officials are battling in court over that state's law aimed at restricting transgender students to bathrooms that correspond to their biological genders. Meanwhile, a federal judge in Texas has sided with Texas and 12 other states in issuing a nationwide hold on the administration's directive to public schools, issued in May.
If the Supreme Court sides with Grimm and says courts should defer to the U.S. Department of Education rule, it would effectively invalidate the North Carolina law and overturn the Texas judge's decision. If the Supreme Court sides with the Gloucester County School Board, the North Carolina law and the Texas judge's decision will stand.
WILL GRIMM BE ABLE TO USE THE BOY'S RESTROOM THIS YEAR?
It's unlikely that Grimm will be able to use the boy's restroom before he graduates from high school.
While a district court judge in June ordered the school board to let Grimm use the boy's restroom, the judge's decision was put on hold by the Supreme Court until it rules in the case. The justices won't hear the case until February, at the earliest, and likely wouldn't make a decision until June.
AREN'T THERE ONLY EIGHT JUSTICES? HOW MIGHT THAT AFFECT THIS CASE?
There could be a ninth justice by the time Grimm's case is taken up — or maybe not. That depends on who is elected president Nov. 8 and how quickly the Senate moves to confirm a successor for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
If there are eight justices and the court splits evenly, the 4th Circuit decision would stand and Grimm would win his case. But the decision would have no impact outside the 4th Circuit covering Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, West Virginia and South Carolina.
Liberal Party branch president calls for a complete ban on immigration in Australia - and says new arrivals are 'b***ards' and 'criminals'
A Liberal Party branch president has called for an end to all immigration into Australia because new arrivals are 'b***ards' and 'criminals'.
George Popowski, president of the Carlingford branch in north-west Sydney, has accused migrants of rorting the system with forged documents, degrees and visas while slacking on welfare at the same time as taking jobs, according to a motion obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald.
Mr Popowski will pressure the Turnbull government to 'shut the door now' at a party conference on Thursday, his preamble attached to the motion revealed.
'The last thing we need is foreign workers. Get the b***ards who are here, off their backsides,' he wrote in the preamble.
The hard-right branch president cited U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump warning migrants could be terrorists.
'Who wants criminals? As THE Donald said: ''We don't know who these people are!" And we don't! Today, when they can forge $100 notes, any documents can be bought,' he wrote.
'Also, all the jihadists here! Surely, this crap must stop! Shut the door NOW! Do we NEED these people??????'
Mr Popowski's motion called for an investigation into the 'risks and benefits' of immigration and refugee intakes on the country.
His surname is of Polish background, according to Ancestry.com.
Mr Popowski runs Lisbon Engineering, a fan and blower manufacturing business, in St Mary's in western Sydney.
The motion, which will be put forward at Parramatta RSL to about 400 division members, represents 'what everybody's thinking', he told Sydney Morning Herald.
An Essential Research poll released in September found 49 per cent of Australians want to ban Muslim immigration.
A similar poll by Roy Morgan released late October showed different results, with 58 per cent of Australians in support of Muslim migration and 33 per cent opposed.
In his motion, Mr Popowski said 'all the convicted jihadists were on benefits'.
He claimed 80 per cent of new arrivals were on welfare, and simultaneously complained of there being no work in Sydney and appeared to take issue with those studying training courses or university degrees.
'Simple: compulsory work for the dole – plus, prison for all the crooked quacks who've signed them up for the DSP [Disability Support Pension]!' he said.
About 26,000 asylum seekers in Australia have been denied the right to work and forced onto Centrelink to survive while they are slowly granted the right to work, The Conversation FactCheck reported.
A 2013 study of new migrants, most of whom had been in Australia for less than one year, found high rates of engagement in English language classes and other studies.
A longer-term study of refugees showed about a 33 per cent unemployment rate, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Mr Popowski also accused 'single parents and carers' of taking welfare 'freebies' instead of working.
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.
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