Imagine going into the Hospital for surgery and while being prepared in your room the surgeon comes in to greet you, and she is in a black Burkah that reaches down to the floor and covers her wrists, won’t show her face, and refuses to shake your hand or speak to you. Then someone mentions that she will refuse to wash her hands properly, but will instead stop her hand-wash at her wrist. She will be dragging her sleeve in your blood. You can’t tell if there is any congealed blood already on her black sleeves. What disease will she pass to you?
The panic is rising in you. Your heart is beating. You are sweating with a minor kind of terror. What do you do?
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.
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