UK GP who worked through pandemic saddened after 'racist' comments made on Facebook last minute news
MetiNews.Com - Whitworth Medical Centre in Rochdale claimed that 'shocking' comments had been made by members of the community
Breaking News ! A doctor who has worked throughout the coronavirus pandemic says he is saddened by alleged racist comments made on a local Facebook group. The GP, who works at Whitworth Medical Centre in Rochdale, claimed that 'shocking' and 'racist' comments had been made by members of the community. It is understood the comments were directed to those of BAME and Muslim backgrounds, regarding the latest change in lockdown measures. Greater Manchester, parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire have been made subject to targeted measures, following a spike in cases of coronavirus. The new measures mean people can no longer meet each other inside their homes or in gardens, and prevents members of two different households from mixing inside pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues. Rochdale was made subject to targeted measures last month (Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror) Numbers have been rising in every borough over the last week - apart from Rochdale, where a number of targeted measures were brought in last month. In a post on Facebook, the GP said the practice would continue to treat patients with 'professionalism' and 'dignity,' despite the nature of the comments made. "There have been some shocking narrow minded, racist and ignorant comments in the 'Everything Great About Whitworth' Community Facebook group," the post read. Read More Related Articles How to sign up to our newsletter to get the latest headlines from the M.E.N. "Five out of six GPs in the surgery are of BAME and Muslim backgrounds, and they are here to help the community no matter what. "Though no individuals have been singled out, brash, generalised blanket statements made in the group are inflammatory, and upsetting to read." The derogatory comments have since been removed from the Facebook group. People shopping in Rochdale town centre after new measures were brought in (Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror) "It's unfortunate that rules have changed last minute in the North West but this is a reminder that the virus is still present," the GP added.
. "The comments are saddening, but as your GPs please note that we will continue to treat you all with professionalism and with dignity.
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"Some kindness would not go amiss in return. "If you choose to continue to be unkind in the group, we won’t hold it against you, we won’t let it affect your care, what is said and done outside of the surgery bears no mark on who you are in the surgery. "But please know we are humans too, we aren’t superheroes, we have emotions just like everyone else."
The post prompted an outpouring of support from patients of the doctor's surgery, who expressed their outrage at comments made. One woman wrote: "So very sad to see that things had come to this. It is only a small minority that think that way, most of us feel appalled with the comments. "Everyone at the medical centre have supported the community before, during and after the pandemic. Thank you for being there to help us all."
Another said: "Happy Eid to everyone celebrating and thank you so much to our doctors in the village for the care they show within our community. "So sorry for some of the ignorant and disgusting comments you have had to read." Another wrote: "I am so sorry about how small minded and ignorant some people are in this village. "I haven’t seen the posts but you do an incredible job and through the most difficult of times. I have the up most respect for you all."