February 04, 2008
Female Muslim medics 'disobey hygiene rules'
Female Muslim medics 'disobey hygiene rules'
Muslim medical students are refusing to obey hygiene rules brought in to stop the spread of deadly superbugs, because they say it is against their religion.
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.
Minutes of a clinical academics' meeting at Liverpool University revealed that female Muslim students at Alder Hey children's hospital had objected to rolling up their sleeves to wear gowns.
Similar concerns have been raised at Leicester University. Minutes from a medical school committee said that "a number of Muslim females had difficulty in complying with the procedures to roll up sleeves to the elbow for appropriate handwashing".
Sheffield University also reported a case of a Muslim medic who refused to "scrub" as this left her forearms exposed.
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."
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."
Wild Thing's comment........
How soon will this be happening in America, maybe sooner then we think. Good grief, they won’t wash their hands properly in a hospital, but they insist on washing their feet in airport sinks.
"Islamic Medical Association"
That must be a truly scientific group..NOT.
Muslims give reasons they emigrated to the West to learn Western medicine, but don’t choose to practice it. More signs that the pretext for emigrating is just a front.
So it's definitely true, Monty Python's Flying Circus is directing British society today. I was wondering what happened to them.
Posted by Wild Thing at February 4, 2008 12:45 AM
... they look like female walking sperms? EEE GADS!
Posted by: drstrangeloveb52isok at February 4, 2008 05:27 AM
Sorry, girls--wash your hands!
I'm sorry if you feel it's against your religion, but you can't make someone else sicker because you were incompetent. But maybe that's their plan all along--to kill us with unclean female doctors.
Posted by: Lynn at February 4, 2008 08:08 AM
It is going to get worse as Muslims make more and more demands. They don't really care about body covering as much as they want to undermine and destroy Western culture. These students should be thrown out of medical school.
Posted by: TomR at February 4, 2008 08:15 AM
MRSA- Methcillin Resistant Staph Aureas- which is now very drug resistant because of the over use of Anti-biotics it is a very serious Bacteria.
And the C-difficile is a bacteria common to the 'stool', again very infectous.
They are studying to become Doctors, isn't this a violation of the first principle of Medicine and their oath, 'to do no harm'.
When I read this article to my wife, she said, 'Well, why in hell don't they go back to the middleeast and infect everyone there first.'
Being a nurse, she has to wash, scrub from elbows to hands before and after every patient. This can be as many as 20 times per shift.
This, if allowed to continue, could be nothing short of disaster.
I agree Tom, these students should be expelled, this kind of intolerance is totally unacceptable.
Posted by: Mark at February 4, 2008 09:22 AM
Very apt WT the village idiots are in charge of medicine. Surely they are like their male counterparts, beware that left hand matey. Sorry, me bad.:)
Posted by: Jack at February 4, 2008 05:59 PM
drstrangeloveb52isok, LMAO yes they do.
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 4, 2008 06:44 PM
Lynn, c an you imagine waking up after a surgery to seeing one of these nurses. Wondering if they washed their hands or not.....scary stuff.
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 4, 2008 06:45 PM
Tom I agree, fire them. They would fire anyone else that tried this so why make an exception.
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 4, 2008 06:46 PM
Mark thank you so much and please thank your wife too.
Tell her I LOVE what she said. I agree.
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 4, 2008 06:48 PM
Jack, LOL thank you for the link.
LMAO good one.
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 4, 2008 06:55 PM
Why am I not surprised? This same socialized medicine system also has nurses and other hospital personnel moving Muslim patients on their beds to common areas five times a day to pray. What a bunch of f**king idiots.
Someone should send John Edwards over to the UK to file lawsuits against these female Muslim 'medics' and the hospitals that support their nonsense for any injuries and deaths that they cause.
This would be a WIN-WIN-WIN situation. We get rid of Edwards, he drives the Muslims crazy, and turns the Brit appeasers into babbling fools.
Posted by: Les at February 5, 2008 12:44 AM