A doctor has spoken about the moment when a patient told him he wanted to be treated by 'white surgeon'.

Dr Radhakrishna Shanbhag said he did not initially know how to react when a patient asked to be treated by a white doctor. Dr Shanbhag a senior surgeon has worked in the NHS for more than 20 years.

Speaking ITV News he said, "At this stage in my career I have to answer that question. It made me reconsider my position in the NHS because I am thinking, 'do I want to put with this?'. If I did not have a 12-year-old for whom I need to take care I would have left the NHS a long time back."

ITV found the number of recorded racist attacks against NHS staff increased from 589 in 2013 to 1448 last year - that's an increase of 145%. University of Derby and Burton Trust recorded the biggest rise, from 194 to 439 in 2018 and Guys and St Thomas' in London went from none to 109.

Others told the report they've been called "little China girl", "P*** doctor" and "black bitch".