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Top medic hit with threats and ‘psychopath’ slur after urging people to get Covid jab in Northern Ireland

Top medic hit with threats and ‘psychopath’ slur after urging people to get Covid jab in Northern Ireland

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A TOP doc has been branded a “psychopath” for urging people to get their Covid jabs.

Dr Chris Hagan, medical director of the Belfast Trust, said he has been hit with a vile stream of abuse for doing his job.

Dr Chris Hagan of the Belfast Trust has been hit with threats and abuse for urging people to get vaccinated
An army of healthcare staff have been working to help vaccinate all adults but there is opposition from some
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It comes as medics in Northern Ireland continue to press younger people to get vaccinated.

Dr Hagan told the BBC’s Nolan Show: “I had people threatening me with summary street justice, I had people calling me a ‘psychopath.’

“I am a doctor, I come to work to try and do the best I can for people in Northern Ireland.

“I was appalled and really sad and felt frightened.”

‘NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT’

Dr Hagan continued: “One of our trainees in the Mater (Hospital), she posted on Twitter about the abuse that she got online, and the names she was called, I have never seen anything like it.

“The Royal College of Midwives are trying to get across a public health message to protect women who are pregnant because they are getting really sick.

“And the abuse just for sharing information, for telling the truth about what is happening and to keep them safe, comparing them to fascists and Nazis.

“This is appalling, people trying to do their jobs, trying to keep people safe.

“People who work in the health service come to work to do their best, they try to help people, to treat people and cure people. They don’t come to work to deserve that.”

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann said that “vile abuse” against healthcare staff is becoming “commonplace”.

‘FRANKLY APPALLING’

He condemned online abuse targeted at the chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), Gill Walton.

The social media abuse came after the RCM head had encouraged pregnant women to come forward for vaccination.

Mr Swann stated: “This vile abuse is frankly appalling and is sadly becoming all too commonplace.

“I want to take this opportunity to express my solidarity with Gill Walton and to thank her for encouraging vaccination. It is very important that pregnant women get the jab.

“There should be no place in public debate for abusive behaviour or bogus conspiracy theories. We have to be better than this.”

Meanwhile, six more deaths of patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 have been reported in Northern Ireland.

 

The Department of Health said there had also been 1,082 new confirmed cases of the virus in the last 24-hour reporting period.

On Tuesday morning there were 224 Covid positive patients in hospital, of whom 37 were in intensive care.