Sunday, February 03, 2008


British hospitals, like hospitals everywhere, are struggling to roll back a rising tide of devastating infections caused by antibiotic-resistant "superbugs." The NHS has decided that doctors should be bare "below the elbow" in order to be able to wash themselves thoroughly before and after contact with patients. But female Muslim doctors object to the practice.

As the Telegraph reports:
Women training in several hospitals in England have raised objections to removing their arm coverings in theatre and to rolling up their sleeves when washing their hands, because it is regarded as immodest in Islam.

Universities and NHS trusts fear many more will refuse to co-operate with new Department of Health guidance, introduced this month, which stipulates that all doctors must be "bare below the elbow".

The measure is deemed necessary to stop the spread of infections such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile, which have killed hundreds.

Medical scientists are appalled at the Muslim doctors' refusal:

Hygiene experts said last night that no exceptions should be made on religious grounds.

Dr Mark Enright, professor of microbiology at Imperial College London, said: "To wash your hands properly, and reduce the risks of MRSA and C.difficile, you have to be able to wash the whole area around the wrist.

"I don't think it would be right to make an exemption for people on any grounds. The policy of bare below the elbows has to be applied universally."

Dr Charles Tannock, a Conservative MEP and former hospital consultant, said: "These students are being trained using taxpayers' money and they have a duty of care to their patients not to put their health at risk.

"Perhaps these women should not be choosing medicine as a career if they feel unable to abide by the guidelines that everyone else has to follow."

Westerners forget that Islam means "submission" -- to Islamic authorities, not to science, and not to British regulations.

But the Islamic Medical Association insisted that covering all the body in public, except the face and hands, was a basic tenet of Islam.

"No practising Muslim woman - doctor, medical student, nurse or patient - should be forced to bare her arms below the elbow," it said.

Dr Majid Katme, the association spokesman, said: "Exposed arms can pick up germs and there is a lot of evidence to suggest skin is safer to the patient if covered. One idea might be to produce long, sterile, disposable gloves which go up to the elbows."

A "basic tenet of Islam" takes precedence, you see, over any other consideration.

By the way, another "basic tenet of Islam" is putting infidels and apostates to the sword.

I hope it isn't too late for the British to save themselves.


Reliapundit said...

the brits will have to save themselves because the two major parties are appeasers aiding the islamification process.

very soon the brits will have to fight back in the streets to take their nation back from the invading muslims.

it won't be pretty - especially since the govt will side wot the invaders.

and the brits have been disarmed.

therefore the odds are this:

by the time charles becomes king (or one of his sons) the uk will no longer be CoE, and muslim sharia will be all over the place.

and anti-mussie brits will be put in jail.

Pastorius said...

My relatives in England are angered by the fact the Muslims "don't want to live by the rules that everyone else lives by."

However, they believe it is an issue of acculturation, and that after a few generations, Muslim immigrants will be British citizens just like everyone else.

They see no reason to worry.


Reliapundit said...

luvya pasto but yer relatives are absoFUCKINlutely WRONG!

the problem in the UK and France is more to do with YOUNGER UK/FRENCH born muzzies than 1st gen ones.

the problem is that the youth have been RADICALIZED and the leftists in power look the other way.

things are getting worse, not better, and as long as the govt looks the other way it will continue to get worse.