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*JR*
Sep 25th, 2007, 01:20 PM
Last Updated: Monday, 24 September 2007, 18:24 UK

Dentist in Islamic headscarf row

A dentist in Greater Manchester refused to treat a female Muslim patient unless she wore an Islamic headscarf, a disciplinary panel has heard.

Dr Omer Butt told the woman she could not register at his Bury practice unless she covered her hair, the Professional Conduct Committee heard.

The committee heard the patient was left "humiliated and upset" but agreed as she wanted treatment for toothache.

Dr Butt denies refusing to treat the woman unless she wore a headscarf.

He said that part of their practice was for women who came to the practice to wear headscarves

The panel was told that Dr Butt, who ran Unsworth Smile clinic on Parr Lane in Bury, later quoted Islamic Sharia law on appropriate relationships between men and women to the woman.

John Snell, for the General Dental Council, told the committee that the patient was told by one dental nurse that inside the surgery was 'Dr Butt's world' and that his rules applied.

The woman registered at the surgery because it was nearer her home but she told the panel that when she telephoned for an appointment she was told they required Muslim women to wear the headscarf and Muslim men not to wear gold jewellery.

Although "taken aback" by the rules, she told the panel she made an appointment for 18 April 2005 and wore conservative black clothes.

The committee heard that upon arrival, she was taken to an X-ray room where Dr Butt laid down the rules of his practice and asked whether she was a Muslim.

"He said that part of their practice was for women who came to the practice to wear headscarves," the woman told the panel.

The committee heard that the woman agreed to this and was given a scarf by one of his assistants.

However, she told the panel she decided to leave after being told she must return to the waiting room wearing the scarf before receiving treatment.

"When I was told to wait in the waiting area I thought, I have already tolerated an enormous degree of humiliation. I removed the headscarf and told the nurse I was leaving," she said.

Dr Butt admits quoting Islamic scripture to the woman but denies refusing to treat the woman unless she wore a headscarf.

The case continues.

Yasmine
Sep 25th, 2007, 01:32 PM
How would he know if a patient is muslim, and it isn't his place to judge either.

Kart will be delighted to see this thread dedicated to his love of the NHS :lol:

Avid Merrion
Sep 25th, 2007, 01:43 PM
how utterly ridiculous. so much for the theory that Muslim women wear the headscarf because they want to, rather than being forced to by men :rolleyes:

griffin
Sep 25th, 2007, 01:57 PM
Right, because one lunatic's actions are indicative of every muslim doing business in the UK.

That said, I hope he loses his license.

Infiniti2001
Sep 25th, 2007, 02:51 PM
Right, because one lunatic's actions are indicative of every muslim doing business in the UK.

That said, I hope he loses his license.

As much as I think some action should be taken against him,losing his license is a bit too severe :shrug:

LoveFifteen
Sep 25th, 2007, 04:08 PM
I thank Allah every day that I wasn't born as one of his followers.

Kart
Sep 26th, 2007, 06:27 PM
Most dentists aren't NHS and judging by this guy's approach I'd be mildly surprised if he wasn't private.

I don't run the NHS by the way, currently I despise it.

I sometimes wish I'd trained to be a dentist except I suspect I'd be too cruel to people that lack oral hygeine.