Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Physiotherapist Told Patient to Fire Air Pistol

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Physiotherapist Told Patient to Fire Air Pistol

Article excerpt

A SUNDERLAND physiotherapist has been cautioned by a professional panel after he encouraged a road accident victim to fire an air pistol as part of his treatment.

A conduct and competence hearing of the Health Professions Council (HPC) in London imposed a 12-month caution on Stephen Sterling after ruling his fitness to practise had been impaired.

But the panel found that a number of other allegations made by the patient, referred to only as GB, could not be proved, including a claim that he called the patient a "wuss" for saying acupuncture treatment - which the physiotherapist administered outside - was painful.

The patient began treatment with Mr Sterling in 2007 in an attempt to recover from a serious head injury suffered in a car crash.

GB alleged the relationship soon deteriorated, with the treatment he received leaving him feeling humiliated and belittled. Mr Sterling's solicitor, Sue Sleeman, accepted some of the treatment was "unorthodox" but insisted her client always had GB's best interests at heart. …

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