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Hunt is on for UK's lowest-earning GP

Dr Tariq Rajbee has been forced to take long-term

sick leave from his practice because of the stress caused by a systematic campaign of racist and religious abuse against him.

He is now looking to quit his home town of Hastings altogether because of a series of incidents at his surgery, his home and his mosque.

Dr Rajbee said the attacks, including verbal abuse, burst car tyres and broken aerial, fireworks through the letterbox, broken glass scattered over the surgery car park and persistent graffiti and vandalism, started after September 11, 2001.

He said: 'I got so demoralised I couldn't face going to the surgery.

'The police have been involved but their hands are full. I've been requesting CCTV at the surgery but they refused on the grounds of cost. The PCT has ignored it.'

Originally from India, Dr Rajbee said he deliberately chose to settle in Hastings 30 years ago to avoid the racism occurring in bigger cities.

The past four years of attacks had given him 'uncontrollable' hypertension, he said.

'In the last six months it's been uncontrollable with five or six different tablets and I'm measuring my blood pressure all the time like a hypochondriac. I went on holiday, which reduced it, but the evening I left it went up again.'

Even thinking about returning to his practice, where his son still works as a GP, made him feel ill, he said.

Dr Shiv Pande, national chair of the British International Doctors Association and a GP in Liverpool, said: 'There should be more vigilance. He is a citizen of this country who has served this country. We should not abandon him.'

Hastings and St Leonards PCT said it had reached agreement with the police to install CCTV at the surgery and was looking at giving staff personal alarms.

By Rob Finch

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