Friday, September 28, 2007

Dentist guilty over Muslim veil row

from Dentistry

Dr Omer Butt was found to have discriminated against the woman, known as Mrs A, and received an admonition following a three-day disciplinary hearing of the General Dental Council in London. The Council’s professional conduct committee ruled that Dr Butt was guilty of telling Mrs A words to the effect that, in order to receive treatment from him, she needed to wear appropriate Islamic dress, and that he had told Mrs A that if she did not wear a Muslim headscarf she would need to register with another dentist. The patient, a non-practising Muslim, said she was ‘humiliated and upset’ after the encounter at the surgery in Bury, Greater Manchester, in April 2005 ... The dentist had denied the charges, but admitted he would ask Muslim women to cover up in accordance with Islamic law before he treated them. The hearing was told the dentist later quoted Islamic Sharia law on appropriate relationships between men and women.

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