Support for the dirty doc – even though he’s pissing on our chips

Former newspaper colleague and fellow blogger Stephen Rafferty has been taking some stick.

He helped expose (no pun intended) a naughty GP accused of using his consulting rooms to pose for X-rated pictures; trawling the internet for sex by touting his credentials as a doctor; and of having an affair with a patient.

Tut tut, Dr Ewan Crawford of Murrayfield Medical Centre.

 While the story about the alleged antics of the Doc appeared in the Daily Record (Read all about it here), thanks to the hard work of reporter Jack Mathieson, the original tip-off came from Raff. Now he’s under siege from supporters of the naughty medic, who insist the GPs sleazy antics should never have been reported by the newspaper.

The same people insist Dr Crawford is  a do-gooder, pillar of the community and all round nice guy by day – so should be allowed to misbehave out of hours, as it is an entirely private matter. They even insist that anything which happened in the GP surgery is outwith the public interest, because the building  (desipite treating NHS patients ) is privately owned.

This kind of “shoot the messenger/blame the media” stuff really rankles with me. On this blog I’ve been harangued, hassled and threatened by the likes of dodgy restaurateurs and wife beaters who don’t like it when their wrong-doings are exposed by the media. The kind of people who think their own transgressions and misdemeanours  should not  be reported.

So when Raff’s blog started attracting vitriol and abuse from anonymous commentators I decided to lend my support. And since blog comments can often go unread, I’ve reproduced it in full here:

As for the bleeding heart liberals who think this “poor man” should be pitied and pandered to … wake up.

On one hand you’re absolutely right, everybody is entitled to a private life. Yeah, just like scout leader Thomas Hamilton was a member of a bona fide shooting club.

So where do we draw the line in these “individual liberty versus public protection/public interest” cases? 

The truth is you have to look for wider patterns and treat cases individually.

If Ewan Crawford simply used the web to trawl for sex, then good luck to him. It is unlikely any of his patients would have been any the wiser (and if they were, what of it?).

But he didn’t stop there. He used his medical credentials to further his cause.

Let’s not muddy the waters too much on the fact the building was “privately” owned. The work which paid for it is entirely public funded and the patients, who were sent their under the auspices of the NHS couldn’t exactly shop around and choose to take their “custom” elsewhere.

When the pervy doc moved his antics from an entirely private arena (ie, his head and his bedroom) into a public one (ie the interweb and his GP practice), it became a breach of trust.

I don’t want my McDonalds meal served to me in a kitchen where the staff take baths in the sink (CORRECTION NOTE – the actual bathing incidents were at a KFC outlet  and at a branch of Burger King).

Likewise, I wouldn’t want me or my family to be seen by a serial swinger Doctor in the room he associates with his sexual antics.

Of course, if I don’t know about these things, then they can’t really harm me.  Ignorance may be bliss, but when the perpetrators of such antics put them on the internet, they lose the dubious “protection” of ignorance.

Therefore, the big fast food chains had no hesitation in sacking the thick American teenagers who abused their (albeit lowly) positions by posting YouTube videos of them bathing in the kitchen.  And I’ll bet the people who posted here anonymously nodded sagely when those stupid rednecks were shown the door by the fast food chain.

So what does it say about their judgement when they leap to the defence of a middle-aged, well-educated, pillar of the community and figure of public trust when he does GP equivalent of taking a bath in the Burger King/KFC kitchen sink?

Of course, even then the point is still moot. Some will argue the minimum wage, fast food workers paid a heavy price for stupid, but ultimately harmless pranks. And it could be argued that Dr Crawford shouldn’t be hung out to dry for an ill-judged, but ultimately harmless lapse in judgement, where his private life crossed in a small way into his public life.

Could or should the papers have reported Crawford’s antics in trawling for sex online? Probably not. 

Should any patient, of any gender, have to be seen by a serial swinger GP in the very consulting room where he took an x-rated photograph for a www audience? Absolutely not.

Even up to this point any story in the papers might have been more prurient interst than public interest – but the boundaries were most definitely starting to blur.

The fact is, as Dr Biglove escalated his activities, so he increased the likelihood what he was doing would impact on his patients. Risk isn’t black and white. It is shades of grey.

Dr Nobfiddler didn’t stop in the grey shades though, did he? Naw, it’s alleged he went further into the black, by sh*gging a patient.

I don’t really care how delicately calibrated or otherwise your moral compass is – by that point he exceeded a universally accepted no-no.

To put it back into fast foot terms he didn’t just bathe in the sink – he spat in the shakes, p*ssed on the chips and w****d into the burger buns.

Deserving of our sympathy? Due a break? Exposure not in the public interest?

Gie us peace.

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4 thoughts on “Support for the dirty doc – even though he’s pissing on our chips

  1. To highlight a doctor(albeit doing something he shouldnt have)in the same thread as naming Thomas Hamilton simply displays how low these petty journalists will stoop to for recognition.They are often of lower life forms and intelligence than the people they report on. Scott Douglas is making more enemies everyday with his methods because his better judgement and reasoning have given way to his blinkered ambitions. Plain old “schadenfreude” is written between the lines in his inaccurate reports. He is bad press… for the press! Everything thats wrong with reporting! Woeful!!

  2. Keep lookin over your puny shoulders you little spunk bubble and wait in anticipation to reap the whirlwind. when you least expect it of course. !!

  3. I can’t get on to steven raffertys blog as it seems to now be private and as you are a friend of his , I thought you may pass along a message that the dirty doc may be about to start working full time again in a practice in Edinburgh. I think his new victims may want to know what the good doctor is capable of. Perhaps he or jack could see the word gets round.
    Thanks
    A friend of the truth.

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