GPs have called for more public support from NHS England after a GP practice was vandalised with ‘anti-GP’ graffiti.
The Charlotte Keel Medical Practice was subjected to the attack, which included a message left for the practice’s GPs using foul language.
Pulse columnist Dr Shaba Nabi, who works at the practice, posted a picture on Twitter, adding that its doctors ‘will continue serving our deprived population with pride’.
Dr Kyle Roys, a GP in Bristol, also posted about the incident on Twitter, which involved the practice where his wife works as a GP.
Reacting to the ‘horrible’ incident, Dr Roys added that ‘NHSE need to publicly show’ GPs ‘some support’.
In another tweet, Dr Roys added that the graffiti attack has come as the practice’s staff is ‘working really hard, staying late to make sure sure the high demand is met’.
Dr Roys’ comments come as GPs have reported receiving ‘abuse’ following media reports on claims that GP practices have not been ‘open’ during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Responding to Dr Roys, Carnforth GP Dr Peter Weeks suggested ‘constant negative press briefings without clear public rebuttal by those in power have real, frightening and terrible consequences’.
And Kent LMC chair Dr Gaurav Gupta reached out to offer his support to Dr Nabi and her colleagues, after she posted a picture of the offensive graffiti.
The BMA’s GP Committee has met with a health minister, as well as the NHS chief, over NHS England’s claim last month that GP practices are not open.
A version of this story first appeared on our sister title Pulse.