Council of Britain has been inundated today with media enquiries concerning the
veil, this time in hospitals.
Dr Shuja Shafi, Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain and a
senior health professional for many years issued the following statement:
latest twist to the ‘moral panic’ about the niqab, or face veil, many are now
getting quite exercised by the possibility of a health
professional wearing this in our hospitals.
has become an issue is a surprise to all of
us. Having worked closely with hospitals and hospital chaplains, we have never
been made aware of any concerns or complaints raised about doctors, nurses or healthcare professionals wearing the niqab.
primarily because there are few, if any, who do adopt the face veil in
hospitals. It is our understanding that Muslim women who do wear the veil are
prepared to be pragmatic and take off the veil when required.
a basic security requirement for all hospital workers, without exception is to
wear photographic ID. This would be a requirement for people who wear the face
veil as well."
added: "We are puzzled why the face veil is being made more of an issue than it really is. Surely there
are greater concerns we should worry about,
such as the quality and provision of care we give to all our patients."
week, Mrs Talat Ahmed, the chairwoman of the Muslim Council of Britain's Social
and Family Affairs Committee said: "every time we discuss the niqab, it
usually comes with a diet of bigoted commentary about our faith and the place
of Islam in Britain.”
came after a judge ruled that a Muslim woman take off her face veil during the
trial. The Muslim Council of Britain welcomed this decision saying the judge
made "the right decision by allowing women to wear Niqab and take it off
when giving evidence. We should accept that reasonable accommodation has been
made to respect her religious rights."