‘Offensive letter’ doctor suspended

The head of the Islamic Medical Association has been suspended from medical practice for 12 months after sending an “offensive and homophobic” letter to a magazine for GPs. Dr. Muhammad Siddiq wrote that homosexuals needed the “stick of law to put them on the right path” and were “the root cause of many sexually transmitted diseases” in a letter to Pulse magazine last July.

When Dr. Siddiq was confronted about the letter by Walsall Primary Care Trust, he said he had written it due to intense stress and apologised unreservedly for its contents. But, days later, he said his son had written it as a “spoof” and he had mistakenly signed it and sent it to Pulse without reading it.

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