UK: Doctors must set religious convictions aside

Female Muslim doctors must be prepared to remove their veil to treat patients effectively, under new guidelines issued yesterday.


Religious clothing must not present a barrier to building trust and communicating with patients, the General Medical Council said.


Doctors should be prepared to set aside personal and cultural preferences, advised the document, Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice.


The council also said doctors must be open about procedures they object to because of their beliefs, such as abortion.


The Muslim Council of Great Britain supports the GMC guidance saying that female Muslim doctors have a responsibility to put patient care first.


Women could wear the hijab, which covers the head but not the face.


Dr Abdullah Shehu, the chairman of the Muslim Council's medical committee, said: "While wearing a veil does not preclude someone from practising medicine, there is no harm in removing it where the ability to communicate or care for the patient is compromised. The Muslim community very much welcomes this guidance."


The guidance states: "Some patients, for example, may find that a face veil worn by their doctor presents an obstacle to effective communication and the development of trust.


"You must be prepared to respond to a patient's individual needs and take steps to anticipate and overcome any perceived barrier to communication."


Other issues covered by the guidance are that doctors cannot refuse to care for patients before or after having an abortion because they object to the procedure.


They must also respect the views of Jehovah's Witnesses, who refuse treatment if it involves having blood transfusions.



Source: Telegraph (English)

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Anonymous said...

Jehovah's Witnesses elders will investigate and disfellowship any Jehovah Witness who takes a blood transfusion,to say the issue is a 'personal conscience matter' is subterfuge to keep the Watchtower out of lawsuits.

Many Jehovah's Witnesses men,women and children die every year worldwide due to blood transfusion ban.Rank & file Jehovah's Witness are indoctrinated to be scared to death of blood.

FYI
1) JW's DO USE many parts aka 'fractions' aka components of blood,so if it's 'sacred' to God why the hypocritical contradiction flip-flop?

2) They USE blood collections that are donated by Red cross and others but don't donate back,more hypocrisy.

3) The Watchtower promotes and praises bloodless elective surgeries,this is a great advancement indeed.BUT it's no good to me if I am bleeding to death from a car crash and lose half my blood volume and need EMERGENCY blood transfusion.

Know this,the reason that JW refuse blood is because of their spin on the 3000 year old Biblical old testament,modern medicine will eventually make blood donations and transfusions a thing of the past.When this technology happens it won't vindicate the Jehovah's Witnesses and all the deaths that have occured so far.
The Watchtower's rules against blood transfusions will eventually be abolished (very gradually to reduce wrongful death lawsuit liability) even now most of the blood 'components' are allowed.
In 20 years there will be artificial blood and the Red Cross will go on with other noble deeds.

None of these changes will absolve the Watchtower leaders or vindicate their twisted doctrines


---
Danny Haszard born 1957 3rd generation Jehovah's Witness


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