Hundreds of NHS staff face vile racist abuse for doing their job over pandemic

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EXCLUSIVE: The Mirror has uncovered more than 1,000 cases of abuse or discriminatory behaviour, with NHS heroes being called the N-word and P***

Hundreds of NHS staff have been subjected to racist abuse from patients during the pandemic, polling reveals.
Accounts from the hospital frontline reveal patients and families calling NHS heroes the N-word and P***.
Using Freedom of Information laws, the Mirror uncovered 1,241 cases of abuse or discriminatory behaviour during 2020. Only 89 of 153 NHS trusts provided us with responses, meaning the true figure is much higher.
In dozens of cases, patients refused to be cared for by non-white staff, often abusing nurses and doctors and telling them to “go back home”.

In the vast majority of cases the health professionals ignored the abuse and continued treating the patient.
In one case a nurse was told “f*** off back to the jungle where you belong”.
 
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EXCLUSIVE: The Mirror has uncovered more than 1,000 cases of abuse or discriminatory behaviour, with NHS heroes being called the N-word and P***

Hundreds of NHS staff have been subjected to racist abuse from patients during the pandemic, polling reveals.
Accounts from the hospital frontline reveal patients and families calling NHS heroes the N-word and P***.
Using Freedom of Information laws, the Mirror uncovered 1,241 cases of abuse or discriminatory behaviour during 2020. Only 89 of 153 NHS trusts provided us with responses, meaning the true figure is much higher.
In dozens of cases, patients refused to be cared for by non-white staff, often abusing nurses and doctors and telling them to “go back home”.

In the vast majority of cases the health professionals ignored the abuse and continued treating the patient.
In one case a nurse was told “f*** off back to the jungle where you belong”.
What is NHS?
 
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Don’t agree with the racist abuse but there are to many foreigners in the NHS and England period. I know the NHS wouldn’t run without them now but that’s only threw years of not training or investing in nursing In the UK and importing foreign labour.
 
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I've a lot of family and friends in the NHS, they can get terrible abuse.

You are dealing with all sections of society, and a large amount with addiction and mental health issues.

You are also dealing with people at their worst a lot of the time. When they are drunk, or ill, or scared, or angry, or grieving.


It is part of the job, up to a point.



That being said, it's not acceptable, and it should be stamped out and prosecuted where its justified.
 
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I do wonder why this continues. It is almost like the words 'paki' and '******' are ingrained into the vocab of the English speaking world, especially in England and they're the automatic go to words for racists.
 
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Don’t agree with the racist abuse but there are to many foreigners in the NHS and England period. I know the NHS wouldn’t run without them now but that’s only threw years of not training or investing in nursing In the UK and importing foreign labour.
Doesn't excuse racist abuse though. Nobody deserves the abuse, regardless. The NHS has been left to rot for decades and I don't see it changing under the Tories.
 
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Doesn't excuse racist abuse though. Nobody deserves the abuse, regardless. The NHS has been left to rot for decades and I don't see it changing under the Tories.
I don’t agree with the abuse, your right about it not changing anytime soon. I think it’s more to do with the covid policy over the last year and people just lashing out as they are annoyed and frustrated.
 

Bob Weaver

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I don’t agree with the abuse, your right about it not changing anytime soon. I think it’s more to do with the covid policy over the last year and people just lashing out as they are annoyed and frustrated.
Yeah, but a normal person wouldn't lash out at someone just doing their job, or use racist language.
 
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Yeah, but a normal person wouldn't lash out at someone just doing their job, or use racist language.
Your right and 1200 people over a year really isn’t that much, less than 4 people a day but imagine you arent allowed to see your dying relative or wife husband which happened in the lockdown see how normal you would be then. They would of needed a riot van to stop me getting in to see my mother or father if they were ill normal would go out the window, again I’m not condoning it but you can see how it happens the staff get all the abuse for the situation verbal and physical.
 

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The issue is we're dealing with the dregs of society in A+E. Obviously there's plenty of great people who come in with trauma related injuries and various infectious illnesses, but a lot more people who have chronic health conditions related to their terrible lifestyles. Uneducated morons who live like shit because of bad diets, alcohol and drug dependency, mental health issues and getting into fights all the time. We see a cross section of society but weighted more towards the lower end because they don't know how to take care of themselves, and because they're unemployable and clueless (about basically everything) they expect to be seen immediately by everyone in the entire hospital, regardless of their relative clinical need. God forbid they should have to wait for anything at all. Often they're accompanied by hospital security or police for the safety of everyone around them. Prisoners come in who've been fighting or self harming

It's not a reflection of society as a whole, just the underclass most people rarely have to interact with.
 
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They should see the Saudi health care system

non muslims can die in the street for all they care - they won’t get treatment as infidels
So the way they treat people half a world away is justification for the behaviour of racists here?

Also I've been middle East including Saudi and the worst treated are South Asians even if they are Muslims
 
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Any health care system is a powder keg.

If you’re under any mental health pain or physical pain, you will take it out on the people who take care or you.

The long wait in line make it even worse.