.....In England. Celebrate diversity.
by Vijay Dutt ("The Hindustan Times," August 2, 2004)
Some Muslim doctors are allegedly refusing to treat patients with sex diseases and Aids because they believe that such ailments are result of sinful behaviour and punishments from God.
Islamic groups have reportedly increased their activities at medical colleges. At the famous Guy's Hospital in London, leaflets have been distributed questioning the theory of evolution. No wonder that hardline attitudes are being adopted by an increasing number of medics.
Such "militant" doctors are generally found in inner-city areas with large ethnic population, such as Leeds, Bradford and London. They pass such patients to other GPs. They are not identified because of the fear of action by the General Medical Council.
Some students from the community are also refusing to accept the theory of evolution or to studying abortion, euthanasia or fertility procedures. Female students are insisting on wearing veils to class despite strict rules against it. The rule is that a patient must be able to see the face of his doctor.
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