GMC suspends doctor for describing gay people as “twisted” group who “prey on society”

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 07 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2455
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

    A former head of the Islamic Medical Association has been suspended for a year by the UK General Medical Council for writing an “offensive and homophobic letter” to the GPs’ magazine Pulse.

    Muhammad Siddiq, a GP in Walsall, wrote to Pulse in June 2007 in response to a news article about alleged failures in treating homosexual patients. Describing gay people as “twisted,” he wrote, “There is punishment and fine if you throw rubbish or filth on the streets, the gays are worse than the ordinary careless citizen, they are causing the spread of illness and they are the root cause of many sexually transmitted diseases. They need neither sympathy nor help: what …

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