After an ice injury on my front steps right after Christmas, I’ve spent many an afternoon in my fabulous podiatrist’s office, getting my broken foot healed. So this story hits home for me.
Coming out of the UK, where the laws actually protect LGBT people, comes the story of podiatrist Steve Hardie who has decided to let his personal bigotry get in the way of his professional medical practice.
According to a hearing before the Health Professions Council, the governing body which oversees Hardie’s practice, he is accused of misconduct while working for Peterborough Community Services. Among the accusations include Hardie’s refusing treatment on an HIV positive patient because he disapproved of the patient’s sexual orientation, passing the patient off to a colleague because the patient was “…you know.”
Hardie is facing charges of improper treatment of several patients and colleagues between 2005 and 2009, whom he perceived as gay. He refused treatment to a diabetic patient he thought was effeminate and declined to attend a training by a colleague he’d thought “made a pass” at him because he was “smiling and his eyes were twinkling”
Vicky Lord for the HPC said:
‘There is a duty of the HPC-registered health care professional to practise in a non-discriminatory way. Mr Hardie fell short of what was expected.’
The UK has been leading the way in it’s protections of it’s LGBT citizens. After last month’s ruling in favor of a gay couple who was discriminated against by Christian bed & breakfast owners, it’s become clear that America is no longer leading the way when it comes to being the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”