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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.