Radiographer's nasty remarks about a patient on Facebook goes viral

A screengrab from two Facebook posts by a radiographer containing nasty remarks about his patient and his workplace, which have been making its rounds online. He has since removed the posts from his account. -- PHOTO: STOMP
A screengrab from two Facebook posts by a radiographer containing nasty remarks about his patient and his workplace, which have been making its rounds online. He has since removed the posts from his account. -- PHOTO: STOMP

Two Facebook posts by a radiographer containing nasty remarks about his patient and his workplace have been making its rounds online.

In one of the postings which were sent to citizen journalism site Stomp, the radiographer describes a patient as a "schizophrenic urine smelling auntie with urine on your both legs". The second posting was directed to "the one who didn't flush away her period blood on tissue in my clinic's only toilet".

When The Straits Times contacted the radiographer, he wanted to be known only as Mr Lee, 25 and would only say he worked in a local hospital. He has since removed the posts from his account.

He added that his postings were just "innocent rants about a bad day at work", and insisted that he was not being unprofessional. "I didn't put in my company's name, or any information that will identify the patient...It was just an innocent posting and I didn't know it would spread online," he said. "We are taught to have compassion for our patients, but at the end of the day, a job is still a job. There will be bad days, but I have always been professional when dealing with my patients," he added.

He added that he was referring to the staff toilet in the other posting, and was not directed to his patients.

The reader, who had seen the two Facebook postings on Mr Lee's Facebook account and sent it to Stomp said: "As a radiographer you're also to be like a doctor...I don't see why are you complaining about your own patient because everyone will fall sick or have medical problems."

"So you, as a doctor, should help out and not make nasty comments on Facebook for the public to read."