A Buckinghamshire hospital has begun an investigation after a woman about to give birth allegedly objected to non-white staff being in the delivery room.An investigation? What for?
We aren't told - at least, not in the Beeb report:
"A specific request was made, but due to patient confidentiality, we cannot go into detail," a hospital spokeswoman said.So, why the fuss? Woman in labour makes request, request turned down, mother and baby well.
"At present we can say that the baby was not delivered by an all-white team of staff and the mother and baby were not cared for by an all-white team.
"We did not change medical rotas."
No problem, right?
Navrita Atwal, of Milton Keynes Equality Council, said: "I'm absolutely surprised by the circumstances of this case.Sorry? Where's the evidence that they didn't think on their feet then?
"What if there had not been a white doctor available? What would have happened then?
"I think the hospital staff should go through relevant training about how to think on their feet when this situation arises."
And what sort of 'relevant training' do you think they should all have, Navrita? The sort that keeps race-baiting grievance mongers like you in a job with the local council, perhaps?
Ah, but if we turn to the 'Mail', a quite different picture emerges:
...an insider said: ‘The mother objected to one type of ethnic minority members of staff being there.One type, eh? Not all of them?
And the mystery deepens:
...But the Equality and Human Rights Commission has written to the hospital after receiving a complaint from a member of staff.Aha!
According to some reports, a consultant agreed to the mother-to-be’s demands.
If a senior member of staff asked an employee to leave the delivery room then he or she and the hospital could face civil action at an employment tribunal on the grounds of discrimination.Follow the money. Always follow the money...
The mother could also face action in a county court. Unlimited compensation could be awarded in both cases.
Now, without the spectre of 'unlimited compensation', would even the mention of Teh Eeeevul Racism be more than a storm in a teacup here?
I bet it wouldn't...