Petition for GP who asked Muslim to remove veil gets thousands backers

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Doctor asked Muslim to remove veil investigation

UNDER INVESTIGATION: Doctor under investigation after asking Muslim mother to remove her Niqab (Pic: GETTY )

Dr Keith Wolverson, 52, has been suspended from his job and is under investigation after he asked a mother to remove her veil in order to hear the details of her daughter’s medical condition. 

However, nearly 60,000 supporters have now signed an online petition to “stop Dr Wolverson getting fired” following the incident at Royal Stoke University Hospital.  

Mr Wolverson, who has been practising for 23 years, explained to the mum that he wanted to provide the best and safest treatment for her daughter and “needed a clear understanding for her condition”. 

But the GP, who has been practising for 23 years, said the patient agreedand  as they sat in the consulting room at Royal Stoke University Hospital last June.

But, when her husband arrived half an hour later, he complained to hospital bosses, Mr Wolverson told MailOnline.

“I asked a lady to remove her face veil for adequate communication, in the same way I’d ask a motorcyclist to remove a crash helmet”

Dr Keith Wolverson

The un-named woman and her husband have made an official complaint to the GMC and now Dr Wolverson faces being fired for discrimination. 

Dr Keith Wolverson admitted he was “rather fearful of the consequences” after finding out he had been reported to the General Medical Council (GMC) and would be the subject of a racial discrimination inquiry.

But despite being upset at the inquiry, Mr Wolverson said he was “absolutely bowled over” by the petition.

He said there was no sign the patient was upset during the consultation at the Royal Stoke University Hospital last June.

The freelance GP, who has been practising for 23 years, told the Press Association that because of the support, he would continue to “fight to the bitter end” in order to carry on working in the profession.

Woman wearing niqab

ROW: The NHS has sent the accusations to the General Medical Council (Pic: GETTY)

Speaking about the incident, Mr from Derby, said: “I asked a lady to remove her face veil for adequate communication, in the same way I’d ask a motorcyclist to remove a crash helmet.

“When the letter came through, I was rather fearful of the consequences.

“I’m a little bit sad the country has been committed to depths such as this.

“But it takes more than this to knock me off my perch.”

The online petition, which was set up for Mr Wolverson through change.org, has now reached over 59,960 signatures. 

NHS doctor under investigation

PETITION: Nearly 60,000 supporters have now signed an online petition (Pic: GETTY)

The description on the petition reads: “I would like to get as many people as possible to sign this petition and save this man’s reputation.

“I believe he acted in the best interest of the child involved and there was no racist or religious discrimination in his actions.

“We need to ensure the General Medical Council treat this man fairly and look at all the evidence.

“Our NHS is severely understaffed and we cannot afford to lose doctors due to fabricated accusations of discrimination.”

 

Addressing the number of signatures on the petition, Mr Wolverson said: “I have been absolutely bowled over by the support.

“It has reaffirmed to me how wonderful people really are.

“I am going to fight it until the bitter end.”

Mr Wolverson continued: “The trouble is, I’m a freelance doctor and if you get reported to the GMC you don’t get any offers of work.

“Yes I want to carry on, yes I will carry on, but it is academic until the inquiry is over.”

Mr Wolverson said he expected to face a hearing from the GMC which would decide on his future.



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