The Daily Mail’s xenophobia against overseas nurses

Thanks to Tim Fenton for (a) pointing out the Daily Mail stoking bigotry against nurses who come from overseas to work in the NHS and (b) providing a link I could use that won’t boost their online advertising. Today’s Fail front page screams, “4 IN 5 NEW NURSES ON NHS WARDS ARE FOREIGN”. Filthy foreigners, coming over here, healing sick people.

As is usually the case with such Mail headlines, the report is a mix of empty assertions, half-truths and dogwhistle politics that stoke up racism.

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I get a legal threat from a struck-off psychotherapist

Previously I commented on the case of Ray Holland, a psychotherapist who was struck off by the UK Council for Psychotherapy for serious sexual misconduct with an “evidently vulnerable client”. Mr Holland denies the allegations despite the striking-off, and has returned to psychotherapy practice. This week I noticed that he had put up a new business website, changing his name to Ray Bott-Holland.

Today, I received two e-mails from Holland (or Bott-Holland, or whatever he’ll be calling himself next week) threatening to sue me if I don’t remove all his details from my blog.

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Struck-off psychotherapist rebrands himself

In July 2014 Raymond Holland was struck off by the UK Council for Psychotherapy, over allegations of serious sexual misconduct with an “evidently vulnerable client”. They also allege that he “threatened Ms [Redacted] in order to prevent her from reporting the matter.” The panel found he “gave no indication at all that he had learned by his experiences or that he showed any insight into his behaviour.”

In September I noticed that he appeared to be still practising. His website was up, and he turned up in the comments thread of my blog post to confirm that he did indeed plan to continue despite his striking-off. Since then his website has gone down. But now a new website has gone up. For a Ray Bott-Holland.

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