Aziz Sheikh is a former chair of the MCB's Research & Documentation Committee and led the launch of the MCBDirect project. In the 13th January 2007 issue of the British Medical Jounal he writes, "The proliferation of research highlighting the persistent health (and other) inequalities experienced by minority ethnic communities has led to important health and social policy initiatives. I believe that a similar course of action is now needed in order to better meet the need of faith communities. We need to develop a better picture of the health profile and experiences of British Muslims....to facilitate this we need to encourage recording of religious affiliation in primary and secondary care. The first step would be to make standard codes available. While waiting for the data, several faith services should be initiated...".
Aziz Sheikh, 'Should Muslims have faith based health services?'