Thousands back GP who was ‘forced out’ after asking Muslim woman to remove veil

Thousands of supporters of a GP being investigated for asking a Muslim woman to remove her veil have called on him to be cleared.

As reported by Mirror Online at the weekend , Dr Keith Wolverson, who was working at Royal Stoke University Hospital, says he will quit medicine.

The medic, 52, is being probed after he asked the woman to take off her niqab, saying he could not hear her describing her daughter's symptoms.

Last week he learned he is being investigated by the General Medical Council (GMC) after the woman and her husband lodged a complaint.

The  Daily Mail reports  that Dr Wolverson will step down regardless of the outcome of the investigation.

"I feel a major injustice has taken place. I absolutely no longer want to be a doctor."

As controversy about the case grew, a petition was launched calling for him to be spared punishment. It has been signed by more than 3,000 people.

It states: "I believe he acted in the best interest of the child involved and their 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."

It said the "understaffed" NHS cannot afford to lose doctors.

According to the complaints received by GMC, the mother said she felt “victimised and racially discriminated” against during the consultation.

She said Dr Wolverson had demanded her to remove the veil, even though she refused to take it off due to religious reasons.

She claims the GP said he would not continue the consultation until she removed her niqab, saying he was "rude" and "gave her a dirty look".

Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation said Dr Wolverson’s action was “offensive”, and said that a female member of staff could have been asked to help on that occasion.

Speaking to the Sun Online, he said that any "stronger" sanction would be unfortunate, and insisted Dr Wolverson be put on a diversity awareness course to deter future incidents from happening again.

Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said losing a doctor over such an incident would be “criminal”.

She told  the Sun Online  : “A doctor needs to be sensitive to a patient’s religion but safety must always come first.”

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