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Cancer patient racially abused while leaving Northern Ireland hospital: MLA

By Jonathan Bell

A cancer patient has been racially abused while leaving a Northern Ireland hospital, MLA Doug Beattie has said.

The Ulster Unionist said the incident happened at Craigavon Area Hospital as the woman was leaving after having an appointment.

He voiced his disgust at the incident.

“It is outrageous," he said.

"She is currently battling cancer so she is going through enough trauma and distress without neanderthals throwing abuse at her."

The Upper Bann MLA continued: "This type of behaviour is intolerable. There can simply be no excuse or explanation for it. Our health service would simply not be able to operate without the contribution of foreign doctors and nurses and I would like to reassure them that they are welcome and that they are greatly appreciated for what they do.

“The United Kingdom is a Christian country and as such we have Christian values of benevolence, compassion and tolerance.  Those who verbally and racially abused this woman have no comprehension of these Christian values.

"It is senseless bigotry and I urge anyone who may have witnessed the events to go straight to the police and report the incident.”

The Southern Health Trust said it was aware of the incident.

"Our security staff carried out a preliminary investigation immediately after the incident," it said in a statement.

"We condemn any form of abuse of patients, staff or visitors and urge anyone with information about this incident to report it to the police.”

Police said the woman declined further investigation of the incident, but they have recorded the details on their systems should it be required later.

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