Quote: Definitely Tarby @ 6th November 2019, 11:05 PM
Maybe including URLs will help in future to read the source material.
Racism is, of course, to be opposed where ever it is encountered and Matt Hancock's letter to the NHS makes that perfectly clear. Hooray for him, I say!
However, he goes much further:
ITV News says: In a letter written to NHS staff, Mr Hancock said: "If a patient asks to be treated by a white doctor, the answer is 'no'.
Nursing Notes says: Patients not entitled to demand 'a white member of staff', says Hancock.
There are several other sources but I think the above two sources are sufficiently unbiased to represent them all.
Racist abuse is morally akin to sexist abuse and we don't want to see either of those awful things in our hospitals, GP surgeries or anywhere else.
However, leaving abuse aside and getting back to simple personal preference, it makes little sense to outlaw ethnic preference without outlawing gender preference when it comes to choosing a medical practitioner.
There is, in the vast majority of cases, simply no logical or medical need for any patient to be treated by a doctor of a particular ethnicity or gender.
If we're going to outlaw one, why on earth would we not outlaw the other at the same time?
Having said that, I feel obliged to declare a personal interest here:
There is an absolutely brilliant doctor at my local practice: he's black and I would be seriously miffed if, in future, I were not allowed to ask for him specifically when booking an appointment.