GP, 52, could face the sack for ‘discrimination’ after ‘telling Muslim woman to remove veil during visit because he could not hear her explain what was wrong with her child’

  • Dr Keith Wolverson, 52, could face sack over claims of ‘discrimination’
  • He allegedly told Muslim woman to ‘remove veil or he would stop appointment’ 
  • But the GP claims he couldn’t hear her and merely politely asked her to take it off
  • Family informed the GMC and he could be struck off if he is found guilty 

A GP is facing the sack after being accused of discriminating against a Muslim woman after ‘asking her to remove her veil’ during a consultation.

The patient claimed Dr Keith Wolverson, 52, told her he could not hear her explain what was wrong with her child because she was speaking through her niqab.

The doctor of 23 years then ‘asked her to take it off’ while all three were sat in a consultation room at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

She then complained to hospital bosses half-an-hour later when her husband arrived to collect her and they subsequently reported him to the General Medical Council.

But Dr Wolverson said the claims were ‘outrageous’ and denied any discrimination, adding he was ‘just trying to do his job’.

He told The Sun: ‘I found it difficult to understand what the woman was saying behind her veil, so politely asked her to remove it. I needed to hear what was wrong with her daughter, so I could offer the safest possible care.

‘I’m not racist. This is nothing to do with race, religion or skin colour – it’s about clarity of communication.’

Dr Wolverson said he fears the incident will ‘ruin him’ and that he has never faced any trouble before.



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