Friday, February 29, 2008

UK: Muslim medics refuse to roll up their sleeves -- it's un-Islamic

The refusal of Muslim medics to wash their arms in a way that would require them to be uncovered is spreading. Here again is a clear choice: will Britain enforce British law, or kowtow to Islamic law? An update on this story. "Muslim medics refuse to roll up their sleeves in hygiene crackdown - because it's against their religion," from the Daily Mail (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist): Health officials are having crisis talks with Muslim medical staff who have objected to hospital hygiene rules because of religious beliefs.

Medics in hospitals in at least three major English cities have refused to follow the regulations aimed at helping tackle superbugs because of their faith, it has been revealed.

Women medical students at Alder Hey children's hospital in Liverpool objected to rolling up their sleeves when washing their hands and removing arm coverings in theatre, claiming it is regarded as immodest.

Similar concerns were raised at Leicester University -and Sheffield University reported a case of a Muslim medic refusing to "scrub" because it left her forearms exposed.

Some students have said that they would prefer to quit the course rather than expose their arms, but hygiene experts said no exceptions should be made on religious grounds.


Anonymous said...

Another Islamophobic baseless comment-

GS Don Morris, Ph.D./Chana Givon said...

Anonymous-your use of the term "islamophobic" is a worn out and quite useless term-I notice that you finally got around to making an anonymous comment on a post of 10 months ago-you must be part of the team searching our blogs-sorry, you lost this one-doc

I love the brave ones who remain "anonymous"