"Discrimination within race"
About: East Lancashire Teaching PCT East Lancashire Teaching PCT Nelson BB9 8AS
Posted by victimised (as ),
I believe that my mother regularly experiences doctor's unfair treatment when she visits her GP. She is of Bangladeshi Origin and the GP is Pakistani. My mother is uneducated and the GP is very educated. Based on my experience I think that sometimes GPs from BME backgound can look down at their patients and they feel they are within a position of power as they can allocate remedies to improve health. My mother feels that the doctor doesnt make time for her when she visits and just fobs hers off with excuses such as lose your weight (she is lsightly overwight at 11stone) or reluctant to understand any issues by prescribing standard paracetemol tablets.
I have asked her to change doctors but she feels its better to stay with the “devil you know”. In her practice, it is not possible to move to another BME doctor. As she doesnt speak good English she doesnt want to change her practice to one which has only English doctors.
I think that there are inequalities within the system and it is necessary for public services to be attainable to all at all public areas.