Medial Ultrasex

May 3, 2021

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first_imgAn Oxford doctor used hospital equipment to enhance his love life, the General Medical Council heard this week. Jane Sullivan, representing the GMC, told the professional conduct committee hearing that Euan Laird began an affair with a woman, who was only identified as Mrs N, in 1991. The couple had sex on a number of occasions at hospital premises. The hearing was informed that Laird used the ultrasound scanning machine at the Horton Hospital in Banbury for his own “sexual gratification”. Laird, who was senior house officer in obstetrics and gynaecology at the John Radcliffe Hospital when the relationship began, is accused of “abusing” his professional position, unnecessarily performing smear tests and other intimate examinations on the patient. The relationship continued for a number of years before Mrs N “began to find the nature of his desire invasive and for that and other reasons stopped seeing him in 1997.” Laird was not present or represented at the hearing but is aware that it is taking place. Sullivan said that Laird, who became a consultant during the affair, denied the allegations: “Not only did he say he had had no dealings with her at the time, he denies, and continues to deny emotional or sexual relationship with her, saying that their relationship was a strictly professional doctor-patient relationship”. The hearing continues. Two weeks ago, Cherwell reported that a Queen’s College lecturer, Doctor Henk Giele, had allegedly been conducting a sexual affair with one of his patients at the JR hospital. His case has been adjourned until December. The GMC are unable to comment on either case since both are ongoing.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more


Building barriers

April 21, 2021

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first_imgPaper-based packaging manufacturer Smurfit Kappa has developed a barrier coating for food packaging that is both water- and grease-resistant. It is made from a non-hazardous opaque water-based liquid, which when dried forms an inert translucent film. The firm said the technology will enable packaging containing frozen foods or hot and cold greasy snacks to be made from corrugated cardboard, inside of metal or plastic. The coating will then prevent moisture from penetrating the cardboard surround. Smurfit Kappa said the coating is now being trialled by a major supermarket for use with its hot baked goods.”Millions of tonnes of metal and plastic packaging is being used for convenience, snack and frozen foods, with major environmental implications,” said general manager David Spencer. “This barrier coating will mean these formats can be phased out and replaced with recyclable cardboard.”last_img read more