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If you are being treated by a doctor or specialist and you have no confidence in them, are you entitled to request another doctor or specialist?

My elderly father has been treated for two different ailments by two different specialists who are both Asian. Unfortunately both have made elementary mistakes but nowhere near life threatening and he does not want to be treated by any Asian doctor as he now has no trust in their qualificatoins. Plus the fact that just about every day he reads about an Asian doctor being sued about poor surgery or being involved in fraud cases.

I appreciate that the above may sound racial but he also had more than one issue with the Asian dentist that was treating him with fillings falling out after a few days. This is how I found out about the issue with the other specialists as he then lumped them altogether. Then the WWII stories and how he fought for Britian all start to come out. I have no answer.

As I have experienced exactly the same sort of treatment from Asian dentists and specialists, I am now wondering if this is common place? I have no doubt that there are more than likely some excellent and dedicated specialists working for the NHS somewhere. My current dentist who is Asian is brillaint and I have previously be treated by Asian doctors in another country a few years ago and their attitude and professionalism were far above the current lot that I am where I have had dealings.

Going back to my original question, can he request a doctor with a different ethnic background, i.e. European. He is really getting stressed out as one of the ops involves his left eye and he is scared that the specialist as mentioned above may make another mistake?

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Not a wind up unfortunately and you are right but trying to tell him this is like talking to a brick wall. My father is of the old guard and does not want to be be treated by untrustworthy foreigners with dubious credentials as in his words that is not what he fought for during the last war. I get this on a daily basis. He doesn't dislike people from other ethnic backgrounds as he gets on quite well with them in general so I don't think it is racially motivated.

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I can understand his frustration, you can change GPs at any time and I am sure you may have a surgery in your area which has an 'ethnic' mix and request a specific doctor there.

 

I am in the middle of changing surgeries as the receptionists at the surgery I go to are real dragons and they don't seem to want to give people appointments at all.... they keep saying that we should take 'over the counter' medicine where possible and if it doesn't go away after a week then we can ring back and get an appointment.

 

Almost makes you wonder why they exist in the first place...

 

I can find the link to the NHS website which gives you details of all the doctors in your area, that way you can find a suitable doctor. It isn't a widely known link but it is quite a comprehensive one - depending on the area you live.

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The surgery doctors are not the issue, it is the specialists he is seeing and he has doubts about the eye specialist especially after reading a few articles in the mdeia. I can understand his concern as I would not be happy with any specialist working on my eyes where I doubted their qualifications and expertise.

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Have you gone to the Hospital Patient Services manager or whatever they might be called, they can intervene, especially as you stress your father has great difficulty understanding the spoken instructions... they may be able to get somebody to look at his case and see if he needs a further referral.

 

The local CAB may also be able to help.

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Up to now I have tried to stay out of it as he can get quite cantankerous at times but normally goes along with the flow of things, however this is the first time that i have seen him becoem really objectionable. I will suggest that he speaks to the GP.

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