From top: Noel Pattern last month: Noel Pattern with John McGuirk at the Rally for Choice in Dublin on Saturday
Further to ongoing controversy regarding pro-life poster medic Noel Pattern aka Noel Patrún.
Gorugeen Fingleton writes:
So here we are a wee bit down the line and #noelthenurse and John McGuirk have started back tracking and bottom covering.
First of all though this this thread is a systematic demolition of the whole affair. @nursePollyRgn has been dogged in her pursuit of said demolition. In this thread she addresses the fake city and guilds cert in minute detail.
Mr Noel Pattern has explained that yes he did indeed amend the cert but only to make it more readable as he only has a bad copy of the certificate.
He states that he has not been able to get proper records from the UK yet but will soon.
He does acknowledge that he’s NOT a nurse. He does claim to be an operating department practitioner and further that care assistants are often referred to as nurses.
Yet you’ll see examples of him giving Medical information based on his experience as a nurse.
JSavethe8.ie and its communications director John McGuirk have acknowledged that Noel Pattern is not a nurse too.
However they hide behind the claim that it was an honest error due to their misunderstanding of medical job titles. McGuirk even posted a selfie with Noel Pattern at the anti choice parade (above).
They still maintain that Noel left the My Abortion Story campaign because he was bullied by pro choice activists.
In the previous post on Broadsheet I stated that this was either an attempted duping or incompetence. I believe the former. I wonder too will John McGuirk now change his amendment of the original Broadsheet post? I think not.
This is still being pursued and I strongly suspect there will be more updates to this sorry affair.
You may recall those ‘My Abortion’ story billboards. The Noel featured turns out is a fake. Save8.ie have since deleted his story (this is the cached page)
Considerable (well, not really. It was pretty straightforward) leg work went into proving this guy is not a nurse, has a city and guilds cert that appears altered (provided to us by Pro-Life activist John McGurk), has lied about his experience, is a self confessed convicted armed robber and self-professed gun runner…
Instead of doing the sensible thing and throwing him under a bus ( OMG he lied to us) John McGurk and Save the 8th are claiming Noel left the campaign because of bullying by repealers.
This was either a very clumsy attempt at duping folks or it was incompetence on a grand scale. Either way I for one hope they continue with such own goals. Its awfully entertaining!
I’m writing to provide some clarification to your piece .
The central claim of your piece is that Noel Pattern is not a registered nurse. Helpfully, you provide both a link to his video, and to the billboard ad featuring him, neither of which say he was a nurse.
The billboard says “I worked in the abortion theatre, I’ll never forget what I saw”.
Mr. Pattern served as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in an NHS hospital from 2001 to 2005. I am happy to provide broadsheet, privately, with the contact details of Mr. Pattern’s colleagues who worked alongside him at that time if your website wishes to verify his employment independently.
An Operating Theatre Practitioner is the person who prepares patients for surgery, and assists those performing the operation.
When a surgeon says “scalpel, please”, it is usually handed to him by an ODP. ODP’s are often referred to as “circulation” or “scrub” nurses, even though they are not actually nurses.
The accusation that we have produced a false or misleading ad is completely false. The ad states simply that Mr. Pattern worked in an operating theatre when abortions were provided – this is absolutely true. Your piece says that “considerable legwork went in to proving that this guy was not a nurse”.
Sadly, this effort was somewhat in error, and could have been expended just as productively in an effort to prove that he was not an astronaut, either. The claim that he is a nurse simply doesn’t appear in our advertisement.
These attacks on Mr. Pattern are unfortunate, and have left him somewhat shaken. At his request, we have removed his name from her website, but for the avoidance of doubt, we stand over the content of the advertisements we issued.
John McGuirk, communications director for Savethe8.ie, this evening.