In our weekly round-up of high jinx, unintended comedy and general inappropiateness from the world of health care, Beyond the Bedpan is happy to see the back of a nurse-hassling dentist, and has a cautionary tale on the terrors of Twitter
The relationship between doctors and nurses can be a strained one. Every nurse has a tale of being talked down to, ignored or generally disrespected by an arrogant, self-serving medic. And it doesn’t stop in health care, so please lend your solidarity to the unfortunate dental nurses at a recently scandalised Wigan practice.
Of course, Beyond the Bedpan always looks at both sides of the story. Put yourself in the poor dentist’s shoes. You’ve had a hard day feeling your way round the alcopop-ravaged molars of the local ASBOs. You’re bored, burnt out, and there’s nothing to take your mind off the job except your loyal cohort of young dental nurses. What’s a dentist to do? Engage in a spot of light knicker-twanging, of course.
That was the stress-busting technique of choice for the wildly inappropriate Dr Anthony Barton who, in between giving his nurses wedgies, also found time to boast about the intimate details of his sex life, openly look at porn, and prance around in a leopard-print thong while shouting “get a load of that!”.
Imagine the horror of having these unsavoury pranks plastered all over the national press. What damage would it do to his relationship with, for example, his wife? Apparently not much, she simply said he was a “cheeky chappy” and that it was all “good fun”.
The General Dental Council didn’t concur, and promptly kicked Dr Barton out of the profession. Jokes aside, Beyond the Bedpan is delighted to see him go.
Social media has a habit of dividing opinion. Facebook, Twitter and the burgeoning blogosphere are either groundbreaking social mediums that have revolutionised global communications, or pointless platforms for people to discuss what they had for lunch, depending on your perspective. Love it or loathe it, you can’t deny that it’s big news. And nurses have been quick to get involved, using it to network, share best practice and generally make the world a better place.
If only junior doctors were as judicious. Not content with discussing plans for the weekend and following Ashton Kutcher’s every move, the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that rookie medics regularly choose to relax by blogging and tweeting about patients in enough detail to breach confidentiality laws. Silly buggers.