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Patient Silenced After Refusing To Be Treated By An 'Asian' Doctor

Patient Silenced After Refusing To Be Treated By An 'Asian' Doctor

A GP has praised the bravery of her staff for standing up to a racist patient who said they didn't want to be treated by an 'Asian' doctor.

Dr Punam Krishan shared a tweet, thanking the receptionist at her Glasgow surgery for acting quickly to defuse the situation.

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In the post the GP revealed that the patient said she 'didn't look Scottish', to which the receptionist replied: "What do Scottish people look like?"

After being calmly shut down by the member of staff, the patient took their appointment card, sat down, and waited to be seen.

The doctor's tweet explained how the conversation played out, reading as follows:

"Patient: 'I don't want an Asian doctor.'

"Receptionist: 'She's Scottish.'

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"Patient: 'She doesn't look Scottish.'

"Receptionist: 'What do Scottish people look like?'

"Silence. Appointment card taken. So proud of my team."

Dr Krishan says we need to be more honest about the problem of race in the UK and stand up to it. Credit: Supplied
Dr Krishan says we need to be more honest about the problem of race in the UK and stand up to it. Credit: Supplied

The brilliant tweet has since been shared more than 15,000 times and liked by more than 90,000.

Speaking to LADbible, Dr Krishan said this isn't the first time she and other healthcare professionals have been discriminated against because of her ethnicity.

She said: "I have had experience of this, I actually wrote a piece in the Huffington Post and a lot of the comments were about the colour of my skin and my gender.

"Since this story came out I have received messages and stories from people across the world. A doctor in Australia who had moved over from India to continue studying, said he couldn't because of racism and bullying."

The Glaswegian said we need to be more honest about the problem and stand up to discrimination whenever we see it.

She added: "It has always been there but we are really bad at talking about it at a grassroots level. We need to stand up to this because we work hard to get our degrees and we do it because we want to care for people.

Dr Krishan praised her staff for their actions. Credit: PA
Dr Krishan praised her staff for their actions. Credit: PA

"When people come to see their doctor it is a beautiful relationship that evolves over time and part of the reason I love my job is because I get to be a part of their journey.

"But sometimes people can put up barriers which can affect a consultation which isn't necessary because I don't care about their colour or creed - I just want to help them get better."

Dr Krishan and her team have been lauded for their actions by NHS Million, a grassroots campaign to celebrate the work of the NHS.

It tweeted: "NHS staff deserve respect at all times regardless of whether they are Scottish, Asian, or anything else.

"Please RT if you agree and let's show racist people that their utter nonsense will not be tolerated."

Well done, Dr Krishan and every member of staff involved - an example to everyone.

Featured Image Credit: Supplied

Topics: News, uk news

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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