Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Patients should not face religious prejudice

The Daily Telegraph - October 10th 2007

Sir

British taxpayers bear the cost of training doctors. Patients should therefore expect to benefit from a doctor's medical expertise, regardless of whether a condition is alcohol-related or sexually transmitted.

Under English law, abortion is the only medical procedure doctors can refuse on the basis of conscience. This legal opt-out has always incurred the wrath of the pro-choice liberals, but they've been curiously quiet in this case.

As a former NHS consultant, I find it hard to believe that we are prepared to indulge the behaviour of a tiny minority of Muslim medical students, especially when the NHS faces unprecedented rates of alcoholism and STDs. Patients deserve dispassionate medical treatment, not religion-based judgmentalism.

Dr Charles Tannock MEP (Con)