GPs and practice staff hit by violence in London riots

GP practices across London have been damaged or forced to close due to the riots plaguing the capital.

Rioting in London has led to shop fronts being smashed (above) and GP practices being broken into (Photograph: Rexfeatures)
Rioting in London has led to shop fronts being smashed (above) and GP practices being broken into (Photograph: Rexfeatures)

Dr Patrick Keating, a GP at the Southbury Surgery, Enfield, north London, said that his practice has been a victim of the violence.

‘Somebody put a brick through my practice window,’ he said.

Despite the damage the practice has been able to open as usual and the practice has been secured.

Dr Keating said the violence, which he described as ‘mindless thuggery’, was completely unexpected.

‘It’s all come as a complete surprise,’ Dr Keating said. ‘Enfield is a sleepy hamlet.’

Another local practice was also a victim of attacks, Dr Keating said.

'At the Silver Street practice they’ve pulled down a wall and ransacked the pharmacy,’ Dr Keating said.

‘The pharmacy next door was also ransacked.’

The news comes as GP practices across London have had to close or limit opening hours due to the violence.

Mrs Madhu Mahatma, senior receptionist at The Surgery in Wood Green, north London, confirmed the practice had closed early on Monday afternoon over fears that staff returning home could be caught up in rioting.

‘We were worried, our parents and husbands were worried too, and kept calling to check we were all right,’ she said.

Rioting was reported less than a kilometre away. The practice closed its doors half an hour earlier than usual. Mrs Mahatma confirmed staff had all made it home safely.

Medical director of Londonwide LMCs Dr Tony Grewal said that there had been reports of practices in Enfield and Tottenham having to close or restrict opening hours due to local unrest.

Riot guidance for GPs has been issued by Londonwide LMCs.

Prime minister David Cameron announced on Tuesday that parliament would be recalled on Thursday in response to the three nights of rioting.

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