Troubled podiatrist struck off register

A PODIATRIST who used cocaine, was rude to patients and failed to keep proper records has been struck off the health professionals’ register.

After a Health and Care Professions Council hearing at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester yesterday, a disciplinary committee found that Peter Collins’ fitness to practise was impaired.

Mr Collins, who used to work for NHS Bolton, was accused of misconduct and faced a hearing before the council’s conduct and competence committee.

NHS Bolton sacked him after an investigation.

Mr Collins, who lives in Ashton-in-Makerfield, was accused of six infringements, broken down into 57 individual allegations.

He was accused of: Å Not providing prompt treatment to three patients at Waters Meeting Health Centre on two dates in late 2009. Two were proved while he was cleared of the third.

Å Being “abrupt, unhelpful, dismissive and/or intimidating”

to eight colleagues. He was cleared of all eight allegations.

Å Being “disrespectful, sarcastic, unfriendly and/or abrupt”

to four patients. Two were proved and two were not proved.

Å Not properly accounting for his time on 11 separate dates between April and October 2009.

Six allegations were proved but he was cleared of five.

Å Not keeping accurate or contemporaneous patient records between April and November, 2009. Thirty of the 32 allegations were proved.

The panel head that Mr Collins had used cocaine but had not used it since last February and had never used it while on duty.

Mr Collins told the hearing: “I have taken a long and hard look at myself and how to approach the future and stop blaming everybody else and take responsibility."

Kate Stone, defending Mr Collins, said Mr Collins practised competently and without concerns for more than 15 years.

She added that some “positive things” were said about Mr Collins and that some patients would ask for him specifically because they liked his sense of humour.

Miss Stone said that personal difficulties went “some way” to explaining what happened and that he had since sought help.

“The perceptions among his colleagues was that Mr Collins had changed,” she said.

Chairman Gillian Fleming said the panel could not be satisfied that there would be no repeat of Mr Collins’ behaviour and ordered that his name be struck from the register.

Å Last month The Bolton News reported that Mr Collins was given a nine-month sentence suspended for two years and a 12-month supervision order after admitting a charge of affray for pinning his now estranged wife to a wall at her Tonge Fold Home, holding a knife to her throat and threatening to kill her.

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11:51am Thu 14 Feb 13

boltonnut says...

Kicked off would have been more appropriate.
Kicked off would have been more appropriate. boltonnut

11:51am Thu 14 Feb 13

boltonnut says...

Kicked off would have been more appropriate.
Kicked off would have been more appropriate. boltonnut

4:25pm Thu 14 Feb 13

hmann81 says...

Here we go again with the comments. Those who know Pete know exactly what happened. And why bolton news do u insist on adding a comment at the end of your article about the court case that has rock all to do with this case. Just because some new nhs staff to a dislike to Pete and did everything in their power to grind him down. Well well done you've got what u wanted. You've ruined his chances once and for all. Pete - u know who ur mates are and we r here always!
Here we go again with the comments. Those who know Pete know exactly what happened. And why bolton news do u insist on adding a comment at the end of your article about the court case that has rock all to do with this case. Just because some new nhs staff to a dislike to Pete and did everything in their power to grind him down. Well well done you've got what u wanted. You've ruined his chances once and for all. Pete - u know who ur mates are and we r here always! hmann81

4:31pm Thu 14 Feb 13

chris25 says...

hmann81 wrote:
Here we go again with the comments. Those who know Pete know exactly what happened. And why bolton news do u insist on adding a comment at the end of your article about the court case that has rock all to do with this case. Just because some new nhs staff to a dislike to Pete and did everything in their power to grind him down. Well well done you've got what u wanted. You've ruined his chances once and for all. Pete - u know who ur mates are and we r here always!
you mean you know exactly what he has told you happened,very admiral you are standing by your friend
[quote][p][bold]hmann81[/bold] wrote: Here we go again with the comments. Those who know Pete know exactly what happened. And why bolton news do u insist on adding a comment at the end of your article about the court case that has rock all to do with this case. Just because some new nhs staff to a dislike to Pete and did everything in their power to grind him down. Well well done you've got what u wanted. You've ruined his chances once and for all. Pete - u know who ur mates are and we r here always![/p][/quote]you mean you know exactly what he has told you happened,very admiral you are standing by your friend chris25

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