Hewitt accuses some Muslim GPs of betraying confidentiality

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 05 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:711
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    Patricia Hewitt, England's health secretary, has said that some Muslim GPs may be divulging details of the sexual health of female Muslim patients to family members.

    Her comments drew an angry response from Muslim GPs, who said that her claims were based only on anecdotal evidence.

    However, Mrs Hewitt, who represents a constituency in Leicester with a large ethnic minority community, said, “I have had Muslim women give me chapter and verse on very distressing breaches of confidentiality by Muslim GPs.

    “Some women patients in some Muslim communities are feeling they can't trust their …

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