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GP stabbed outside practice

A locum GP has been stabbed in the face while leaving a practice in Greater Manchester.

Two men attacked the doctor while he was getting into his car outside Elms Medical Centre in Whitefield last Thursday afternoon.

According to a police statement the man was 'slashed with a knife' outside the practice at 1.15pm, leaving him with ‘serious injuries to his face' before he was taken to hospital for emergency medical treatment. 

The police added: ‘Further enquiries established that two men wearing hoodies had set on the victim as he was getting into his car before they left the scene in a Vauxhall Astra.’

The attack comes as Pulse reported last month that two-thirds of GPs surveyed have experienced verbal, written or physical abuse from patients in the past 12 months.

Detective inspector John Stainton of Greater Manchester Police’s Bury borough said: 'I know this incident is going to cause some concern to people living and working in the area, but I would like to assure them that we have launched a full investigation and are actively searching for those responsible.

'This was an unprovoked attack on a man as he got into his car which understandably left him feeling traumatised and requiring medical treatment.

'We are keen to speak with anyone who may have information about what happened which could possibly assist us with our enquiries.'

NHS Bury CCG said they are aware of the incident, but because of the on going police investigation, they declined to comment.

Readers' comments (14)

  • Was nearly attacked twice by patients in one year- leaving me no choice but to retire from general practice as the public has become more violent and aggressive. Had an impact on my health and well-being and I feel a lot better being out of this melue!

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  • bend your neck and knees as we do in front of other big bosses in health system. be polite and don't make enemies. or make a list of all not lose your faith in humanity, not yet. some humans beings are very very very very clever

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  • AlanAlmond

    My heart goes out to them, what a terrible thing to happen to anyone. I hope they recover quickly.

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  • Its a shame and the culprit should be brought to justice.
    This is unacceptable in any circumstances.

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  • had 2 occasions on which a consultation turned verbally very aggressive-both involving sick notes that i didnt think the pt deserved-obviously I was wrong!!!I never say no to a med3 now!!

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  • In Medway a nurse was left blinded by a hoodlum who had 32 convictions and what punishment did he get? just one year and alks free in 8 months - recent news from Kent Messenger 2 weeks ago.
    If he would have knocked a cop or a politician - they would have castrated him in prison where he would have spent at least a few years. Somehow, the dice is loaded against us guys - nobody needs NHS employees and hence the abuse continues. Even to exclude an aggressive patient we have to write long explanations to our Gods in NHSE why we took the step.

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  • Sorry I have just read about this surgery. It doesn't seem to belong CCG or lmc and look like normal hard working drs like us. Please put lots of lights and CCTV in parking. Also make sure staff is safe who leave at last in winter dark evenings. Dont lose hope, these things happen. May god give lots of patience to all drs.

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  • A truly devastating state of affairs when doctors are attacked and left frightened to carry out their roles in line with those premises that are clearly set out in the GMC GOOD MEDICAL PRACTICE charter. As a GP of 15 years, I am appalled at the distressing circumstances that both my colleagues and I function in. The sheer volume of work, riddled with ever increasing levels of risk is a one way downwards spiral: away from quality healthcare provision. It's harsh, frightening and unrealistic to expect experienced GPs to function in an environment that is essentially ill prepared to meet the needs of our patients on a shoestring budget. A dire dire state for the once glorious NHS, Many will look further afield and those staying on this NHS float risk going down with an overburdened ship.

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  • This is truly devastating...
    So very sorry to hear of such an unacceptable incident.
    GPs put themselves in the front line 7 days a week dealing with risk at every level.... despite what the elite says.

    My heart goes out to this poor GP and hope that help is sought and immediately at hand...

    We know also know that EMOTIONAL ABUSE can in itself have an even greater impact than physical abuse for many.
    The nature of the environment we work in has a minute by minute, night and day, 7 day a week impact on many GPs and their practices.

    THIS MUST be recognised and addressed.

    Lets tackle all abuse and trauma what ever the origin, what ever the nature and what ever the impact.

    This type of attack must never happen again and the daily emotional abuses of the profession must cease


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