A hero doctor was horrified to find that his car had been smashed up when he was about to set off to work, which meant he was unable to get to coronavirus patients.
Junior doctor Dr Abdul Farooq at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton – who treats critically ill patients who have coronavirus -was horrified to find that his car had been smashed up with bricks when planning to set off to work in the morning.
After finishing a gruelling Friday night shift, the medic had parked his Ford Fusion close to his home and then spent the weekend in lockdown. On Monday morning he was planning to drive to work when he was horrified to come across his car smashed up. It had been broken into and the windows had been smashed.
Dr Farooq told the Mirror: “I am not too sure what they were looking for but the only thing in the car was my hat. I didn’t notice the car had been smashed until I was going to work on Monday morning because I don’t park my car outside my house.
“When I saw the car, all I could think about was how I would get to work. If it happened any other day I would have just got it fixed but with everything that is going on with the coronavirus, I just kept thinking, I need to get to work.”
As he couldn’t travel to the hospital for work in his car, Dr Farooq had no choice but to cancel his shift at work and wait for his car to be towed away.
So he could get back to the work the next day, he got an Uber after he was offered free rides from fellow NHS staff.
Whilst his vehicle is getting fixed, Dr Farooq is trying to organise a courtesy car so that he can travel to work without having to rely on Uber rides.
He said: “I am currently working on the surgical wards where many of my patients have COVID-19. It was initially worrying for us, because of the unknown.
“I am coming to the end of my first year as a junior doctor so I know how things work but I feel for the graduates coming straight out of med school, who are being thrown into a war zone.
“I was due to change departments this week but this has been postponed for all junior doctors until they sort the next lot of rotas for us.”
Dr Farooq reported his damaged car to the West Midlands Police on Monday morning. However, they advised him to report it online and upload pictures.
After following their instructions, he received a response from the force which stated that due to the time span, they “did not have the resources to conduct a CCTV trawl as this would not be proportionate”.
The email asked the 24-year-old to find the CCTV footage himself so he could identify the offenders, he could then hand this information to the police.
Dr Farooq said: “I parked my car outside the community centre in Small Street, Caldmore, near my house, which is where I always park.
“The centre is currently closed, which means I can’t ask for CCTV footage. I phoned them but there was no answer.
“I expect it will be closed for a few months and by this time the footage could be written over.”
A spokesman for the West Midlands Police said that they had received a report that a car had been smashed on Small Street, Caldmore and that it was between 5:30 pm on 27 March and 7:30 am on 30 March.