Dr Magnus Harrison, Executive Medical Director, and Cathy Winfield, Chief Nurse, said: “We were saddened that Aldarico was the subject of racial abuse at work. It is appalling that any patient or member of the public would verbally abuse our staff. However, it comes as no shock as our colleagues regularly report similar instances.
“This simply has to change.
“Our staff dedicate their lives to helping people and continue to go above and beyond to provide care to our communities as they have done so valiantly throughout the pandemic. They deserve to be treated with respect and to feel safe in their work environment.
“We have a strict policy against this type of behaviour, including the option to refuse treatment, and we will continue to work hard and do all we can to eradicate it from our hospitals and our communities. The recent incident Aldarico raises only strengthens our resolve to work even harder.
“It was heart-warming to see the immediate support Aldarico received from his colleagues in the aftermath of the incident, and the further outpouring of positive feedback he has received from everyone at UHDB and the public. We know that this is of great comfort to Aldarico.
“Aldarico has our full support, as do all colleagues who have come to work here from across the globe, and we will continue to make sure we are doing all we can for him at this time.”