Letters, calls and emails: Muslim doctors do not breach confidentiality

Dear Editor

Health secretary Patricia Hewitt has made a serious allegation against Muslim doctors, accusing some of breaching patient confidentiality (GP, 30 March).

If an incident of this nature has occurred, it must be seen as an isolated act and should not be attributed to the entire Muslim medical community.

Any breach of confidentiality — a value underpinning the medical profession — can be investigated by the GMC.

Muslim doctors make a significant contribution to the health service. It is therefore unthinkable that they would damage the infrastructure of the institution to which they have dedicated their lives.

Should there be any evidence to the contrary, it must be brought to the public domain in the wider interest of society, rather than circulating rumours or casting aspersions on their professional integrity.

Dr Ihtesham Fabri
Chairman, Muslim Doctors Association, London

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