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Patient arrested after alleged knife attack on GP during consultation

A patient who allegedly attacked a GP with a knife in a Stoke practice has been charged with attempt wounding with intent.

Robert Vaduva of Waterloo Road in Stoke-on-Trent, has been arrested for the attack on the victim. Pulse understand the victim was a GP, and the attack took place during a consultation.

Staffordshire police were called to Apsley House Surgery in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on 18 January following the reported assault.

The weapon in question was described as a 'knife blade' or a 'sharp pointed article'.

According to the police, a 58-year-old man was ‘injured and taken to hospital but has since been discharged’.

A spokesperson for Staffordshire police said they were unable to provide further information on the circumstances of the attack at this time.

The 24-year-old alledged attacker appeared at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme on Monday where he was 'charged with possessing a knife blade/sharp pointed article in a public place and attempt wounding with intent'.

As of yesterday, Mr Vaduva was still remanded in custody, Staffordshire police said.

Under the law, attempted wounding with intent is a serious offence and carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

This comes after a patient – who burst into a GP’s consultation room armed with a crossbow before firing a bolt into his stomach – was found guilty of attempted murder, earlier this month.

A spokesperson for Stoke-on-Trent CCG and the practice told Pulse: ‘We would like to reassure patients they continue to have access to the full range of primary care services from Apsley House Surgery, part of Cobridge Health Centre.

'Police are being assisted with their investigation and staff are receiving support. We shall not be commenting further at this stage.’

Mr Vaduva will appear before Stoke-on-Trent crown court on 18 February.

Last week, an online survey of around 400 doctors conducted by Doctor.net.uk showed more than three-quarter of doctors reported to experiencing assault, threats or both while at work.

Pulse previously revealed two thirds of GPs had experienced abuse from patients, including verbal, written or physical.

Readers' comments (9)

  • IN MY OPINION THIS VIOLENCE IS BEING INDIRECTLY ENCOURAGED BY TABLOIDS SUCH AS THE DAILY NUTTER.

    THE CONSTANT STREAM OF PSYCHOLOGICAL AGGRESSION TOWARDS GPs AND NEGATIVE STORIES IS FUELLING THIS.

    I AM STARTING TO WONDER IF THE DAILY NUTTER AND SIMILAR RAGS WANT AN ANARCHIST SOCIETY SOMETHING LIKE LORD OF THE FLIES...IN FACT ANYTHING TO SELL PAPERS.

    THIS PEDDLING OF AMORALITY IS A HUGE MISTAKE THAT SOCIETY AT LARGE WILL ULTIMATELY PAY FOR.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    Get out colleagues, before you are next.

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  • So rather than comment on the welfare of the gp in question, the ccg reassured that there is another body in his place. Nice.

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  • Very best wishes to our injured colleague. Hope your local colleagues support you. And I hope you don't have to see your attacker again. When I applied to remove a patient from my list after he drew a knife on me, NHSE asked me to reconsider as 'it would create a lot of work, and may be upsetting for the patient'

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  • 'We can reassure the public that we have reminded the GP concerned that they still need to provide their contractual number of appointments and they have continued to see patients after the police left the building. The 3 patients whose appointments were cancelled whilst the GP was being stitched up in the minor surgery suite have been reassured 'their GP' will see them at the end of evening surgery today.'

    ... is something that someone from a CCG might probably have said somewhere possibly...

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  • PS. all the best for the GP concerned. Hope he gets the support he needs and recovers fully.

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  • Wish the unfortunate GP a speedy and full recovery. Agree with above. Nothing mentioned about the actions being wrong and unacceptable?....maybe next year elite level self defence will be one of the mandatory courses required for GPs?

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  • Another attack, feel sorry for the doctor who will likely receive zero support from the top GPs and managers at the CCG, BMA, RCGP, GMC etc

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  • WORKING FOR THE NHS IS LIKE SOME HUGE "PONZI SCHEME"....IF YOU CAN SURVIVE UNTIL RETIREMENT AND OR SOME OTHER MUG CAN GET CONNED INTO REPLACING YOU.

    SOMETHING IN MANY DOCTORS PSYCHE SEEMS TO ALLOW THIS...ANYBODY ELSE WOULD SIMPLY TELL THE NHS AND GOVERNMENT TO F*** ***.
    THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS A PREDATORY ABUSER AND SNARES THOSE WITH EXTREME MORALS WHICH IT THEN USES AGAINST THEM

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