The East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust have confirmed that it has been unable to identify a potential employee who posted ‘disrespectful’ comments on social media about Poppy sellers.
In a post shared on Twitter, an individual with the Twitter handle ‘@kt_oneill’ said:
“had to dodge buying poppy four times on a single journey back to London, all of them dressed in full uniform.
“sighed a “f**k off” under my breath a bit too loudly on the last one.
“tis the season”.
Image credit: Twitter
The veteran and military community immediately took exception to the comments, with one Facebook page; ‘FYB UK’ posting an image of the tweet.
The post was shared thousands of times and attracted 100’s of comments from people who condemned the offensive tweet.
It is not clear how a connection was made that potentially linked the account to belonging to an employee of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.
In a post shared on their Facebook page, a spokesperson for the Trust said:
“Thanks to everyone who has made us aware of the social media posts today about disrespectful comments posted by an individual online.
“We will be looking into this immediately.
“Our organisation is committed to supporting the UK armed forces. We support our staff to wear their poppies with pride and respect”.
The twitter account associated with the post initially changed its name to ‘@pro_thesis’ before being deleted and then being set up again.
After the tweet was widely shared, the owner of the account changed their profile picture to an image of a figure throwing a poppy into a bin
Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“Thanks to everyone who has been in touch about comments made online, allegedly by a member of our staff. We have taken this issue very seriously.
“From our employment records and checks, we have been unable to identify the individual named as a member of our staff”.