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.
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.
We certainly don’t want to put saving lives before obsequiously indulging Muslims. If we do, we’ll get sued:
Documents from Birmingham University reveal that some students would prefer to quit the course rather than expose their arms, and warn that it could leave trusts open to legal action.
Proclaims the Islamic Medical Association:
No practising Muslim woman — doctor, medical student, nurse or patient — should be forced to bare her arms below the elbow.
We’re willing to give up our liberty for political correctness and dhimmitude, why not medical hygiene?