The National Health Services (NHS) of the United Kingdom (UK) doctor Dr. Colathor Eshwari has been placed on administrative leave for six months after being accused of insulting a Muslim coworker, Dr. A, about pork while they were both residing in Wye Valley NHS Trust-provided housing in November 2019.
The incidents happened soon after both of them began working at Hereford County Hospital. Indian-born Dr. Eshwari was accused of advising Dr. A not to “dirty” the kettle when she was filling it with mineral water and making remarks to her about pork, which Muslims do not consume.
A Pakistani female coworker who wishes to remain nameless called Dr. Eshwari’s actions a “racist attack.”
According to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal, Dr. Eshwari’s actions were “deplorable” and constituted “serious” misconduct.” The General Medical Council found that because of Dr. A’s race or religion, Dr. Eshwari had the potential to offend and shown hostility.
Dr. Eshwari denied the allegations during the hearing, but the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service found them to be true. As a result of her misbehaviour, the panel found that Dr. Eshwari’s ability to practise was compromised, and she was consequently removed from the register for six months.
According to the specifics, Dr. A claimed that Dr. Eshwari muttered under her breath, “porky sausages,” before refusing to give her name. Dr. A went back to her room, but Dr. Eshwari yelled “porky sausages” repeatedly in the hallway.
When Dr. Eshwari visited the kitchen or common area, she would hum the phrase “porky sausages,” and Dr. A described herself as “struck and at a loss for words.”
Although Muslims do not eat pig, Dr. A claimed that because of Pakistan’s tense relations with India, some Indians refer to Pakistan as “Porkistan” and Pakistanis as “porkies.”
According to the tribunal, Dr. Eshwari’s actions were grave, and if the public were made aware of all the facts surrounding the case, they would be troubled that a doctor had behaved in such a way.