Our healthcare system isn't a tool for discrimination and victimisation

The original discrimination and harassment

THE REFERENCE IN MY YOUTUBE VIDEO

I’ve been asked for more details about the original sexism, racism and harassment from the doctor who was providing teaching when I first arrived at Addington, and which I commented on in my logbook (and then referred to in my YouTube video).

I have never laid any kind of formal complaint against him because I felt the real responsibility lay with the people in charge who had knowingly allowed his behaviour to continue.

He was witnessed by, among others, my seven intern colleagues, and I made it clear to those I approached for help that witnesses could easily be contacted to verify what happened.

As the Addington management have strenuously argued (see YouTube Video), there may be different interpretations of an incident. I thought what he said was racist or sexist, but maybe nobody else did. (I also thought that my subsequent victimisation and intimidation by members of that management was unprofessional, but apparently it wasn’t.)

Judge for yourself:

– Saying a black colleague made a mistake because she comes “from the jungle” (comment not reflective of where she actually comes from).

– Saying a (different) black colleague made a mistake because that’s how people from former homelands behave.

– Repeatedly attributing the errors of a black woman colleague to her having excessive sexual appetites

– Impersonating Zulu-language conversation by making chicken noises

– When Muslim doctors made mistakes, suggesting they should join various terrorist organisations

– Telling me I should leave medicine and become a nun when I said that I didn’t find it appropriate to publically interrogate female colleagues about their enjoyment of French-kissing and pornography

– Commenting on my physique and describing it as a distraction for male colleagues

– Touching my breasts without my consent and without due cause while demonstrating a medical procedure

– Pretending to suck at a woman colleague’s breasts

The hospital management arranged for my fellow interns to sign a letter (VIEW) in which it is stated that they do not agree with my opinion of the events and request not to be involved in any further proceedings. The letter has been repeatedly used to argue that the events did not happen at all, which is disingenuous.

Here is an example of one of my colleagues confirming the events:

 

 

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