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Controversy over shaving of beard of Muslim patients in Civic hospital


Controversy over shaving of beard of Muslim patients in Civic hospital

Sheikh also said the BMC’s health department has taken cognisance of his complaint about the issue and framed a policy to prevent doctors from resorting to the practice.

Mumbai: Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Rais Sheikh has claimed doctors at civic-run hospitals here ask Muslim patients to shave off beard before they perform surgery on them and sought a ban on this practice.

Sheikh, the SP’s group leader in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has written a letter to civic commissioner Ajoy Mehta, drawing his attention to the practice which he termed as unacceptable.

In the letter, he has claimed doctors at BMC-run hospitals ask Muslim patients to shave off beard before performing even minor operations.

Speaking to PTI, the SP corporation said, “Keeping a beard is long-cherished part of our faith and I have received several complaints from our Muslim brother patients who say doctors advise them to shave off beard before performing even minor surgery.”

“This is unacceptable and I have apprised BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta about it and have written a letter to him,” Sheikh said.

“I have demanded that Mehta instruct doctors to ask patients to shave off beard only when it is extremely necessary,” he said.

Sheikh also said the BMC’s health department has taken cognisance of his complaint about the issue and framed a policy to prevent doctors from resorting to the practice.

However, this could not be immediately corroborated with civic officials.

Sheikh was among the corporators who had in the past raised an objection to making ‘Surya Namaskar’ (Sun salutation) compulsory in BMC schools.

Source: PTI
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    Dr Rameshvardhan January 7, 2019, 9:40 pm

    I ALWAYS FEEL THERE SHOULD BE RIGHT TO TREAT THE PATIENTS , AS PATIENTS HAVE RIGHT TO CHOOSE THE DOCTORS. THERE SHOULD BE ANY COMPULSIONS OR OBLIGATION TO TREAT SOME ONE WHO BRINGS CASTE, COMMUNITY, RACE , RELIGION INTO PROFESSIONALS MATTERS. TOMORROW THEY MAY RAISE OBJECTIONS FOR TREATING THEM BY A KAFIR / COMMUNISTS/ CHRISTIAN/ HINDU/ SIKH / JEW/ JAIN/ BUDDIST. I WISH SUCH PEOPLE STAY IN THEIR OWN HOLY PLACE , NOT TO TAKE HELP FROM UNHOLY / KAFIRS. I DON\’T UNDERSTAND WHY HE HAS JOINED SAMAJVADI PARTY INSTEAD OF STARTING HIS OWN NONKAFIR PARTY.

  2. It is difficult to ventiilate a bearded patiient with a mask and can result in serious morbidiity. Patients should try to understand rather thhan attack doctors who are least interested iin pllaying poliitics!