British General Practitioner has revealed he is planning to quit medicine over an investigation by the doctors watchdog into claims he ‘discriminated’ against and was ‘racist’ toward a Muslim woman for asking her to remove her full-face Islamic head covering because he was having trouble understanding her.
Daily Mail (h/t Chris B) Dr Keith Wolverson said he ‘politely’ asked the woman to take off the garment for patient safety reasons during a consultation last year because he was unable to hear her explain her sick daughter’s symptoms.
He was then ‘deeply upset’ when last week he received a letter from the General Medical Council, the professional regulator, informing him that he was subject to an inquiry over allegations of racial discrimination which could result in him being struck off.
Last night, Dr Wolverson, who has practised as a GP for 23 years and has an unblemished record, said regardless of the outcome of the investigation he now plans to leave his job. (Come to America, Dr Wolverson, we could use some more foreign doctors who aren’t from the third world)
He said: ‘I feel a major injustice has taken place. This is why you are waiting so long to see your GP and doctors are leaving in droves. This country will have no doctors left if we continue to treat them in this manner. I’m deeply upset.
‘A doctor’s quest to perform the very finest consultation for the safety of the patient has been misinterpreted in a duplicitous manner to suggest there has been an act of racism committed. I absolutely no longer want to be a doctor.’
The 52-year-old GP struggled to hear the mother’s account of the girl’s health problems because her speech was being obscured by her niqab – a garment worn by some Muslim women that covers the body and face apart from the eyes.
According to Dr Wolverson, the mother complied with his request without raising any objections. But half an hour after the consultation, her fundamentalist husband arrived and declared he was making a complaint about the GP’s behaviour.