& # 39; No one has the right to choose the skin color of their doctor & # 39 ;: health secretary Matt Hancock tells NHS staff to fight racist patients
- Hancock said that no patient has the right to choose the skin color of his doctor
- He said that NHS employees must be sure that their managers support them
- And in a letter he told them & # 39; do not stand for & # 39; abuse by patients or the public
NHS personnel must turn up racist patients if they are offensive, health secretary Matt Hancock said.
In a letter to health professionals, he said & # 39; nobody has the right to choose the skin color & # 39; from someone who treats them.
And he told doctors, nurses, and other health professionals that if they see or experience abuse & # 39; don't accept it … don't ignore it … don't stand for it & # 39 ;.
Mr. Hancock's comments come after a surgeon who was interviewed in an ITV study revealed that one patient asked him: & can I have a white doctor? & # 39 ;.
Mr Radhakrishna Shanbhag's ordeal led to a stir because the statistics showed a shocking 145 percent increase in racist attacks on NHS personnel over the past five years.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in a letter to NHS staff that they should be sure their bosses are supporting them when they stand up against racist patients and members of the public and he says they & # 39; ;
In his letter to NHS employees, which was seen by the Health Service Journal, Said Hancock: & I want to convey a clear message from the top of our health and care system, with the strong support of the entire NHS national leadership: this type of abuse is unacceptable and we will not tolerate it.
& # 39; If you are dealing with abuse, do not accept it. If you see a colleague being abused, do not ignore it. If you know an employee who is confronted with this, do not stand for it. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; No one has the right to choose the skin color of the person who provides (she) health care.
& # 39; Employees of all backgrounds must rightly expect to work in an NHS that displays a healthy, inclusive and compassionate culture: a culture where abuse and violence do not play a role. & # 39;
It was not clear whether Mr. Hancock suggested refusing to treat patients who committed racist abuse or simply reported them to senior staff.
In ITV News research the broadcaster revealed that the number of racist attacks in the NHS in England rose from 589 in 2013 to 1,448 in 2018.
Figures in the most recent NHS staff survey showed on average 6.4 percent of NHS staff – more than one in 20 – that they had experienced personal discrimination against patients, their family members or members of the public.
ALMOST THE HALF OF NHS CAREERS & # 39; IS RACIALLY ABUSE & # 39;
Nearly half of the nurses said they were victims of racial discrimination in a survey by the Nursing Times in the last year.
The trade journal asked 1,000 nurses if they had been treated unfairly, and 48 percent said they had.
Of the people who participated in the study, 38 percent were white British, 28 percent were black and the remaining 34 percent were not disclosed.
Half worked in an NHS hospital and 80 percent lived in England, unlike England or Wales.
In nearly a fifth of the cases (19 percent), patients or their families were behind the cruel verbal attacks.
A nurse who did not want to be mentioned said that the abuse has worsened since the Brexit, with patients reportedly staffing & # 39; the N word & # 39; called and said: & # 39; go back to Africa & # 39 ;.
The worst of these was ambulance personnel, of whom 13.2 percent – one in eight – said they had.
Mr. Shanbhag, an Indian trauma surgeon who works in Blackpool, has worked at the English health service for 20 years.
In the ITV interview, he said he asked one of his patients if they had questions before an operation.
In response, they said: & # 39; Can I have a white doctor perform the surgery? & # 39;
Mr. Shanbhag added: & # 39; I was devastated, I said: & # 39; God at this stage of my career, I have to answer that question & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I had to reconsider my position in the NHS because I think I want to tolerate this? & # 39;
There have also been reports of patients telling staff from abroad to & # 39; go home & # 39; and use racial comments to appeal to them.
Mr. Hancock said the staff must be convinced that their bosses would support them if they fight racist patients.
He added: & # 39; Abuse of NHS personnel is completely unacceptable. It is absolutely terrible that many of these incidents are racially motivated.
& # 39; Like me, you may have seen the shocking testimony of Dr. Radhakrishna Shanbhag … In an exceptionally moving interview, he described the racist abuse he had suffered during his work as part of the NHS.
& # 39; Racial abuse that made him feel worthless. Abuse so bad that it led him to reconsider his position in the NHS.
& # 39; Particularly disturbing is the feeling that some employees have to accept this humiliation because they are not sure if they will get a backup if they challenge it. & # 39;
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