Muslim American Physicians Congratulate President-Elect Obama and Looks Forward to a More Compassionate Health Care System Under Obama-Biden Administration

The Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) has congratulated President-elect Barack Obama, saying the organization looks forward to an improved and more compassionate health care system under the new administration. IMANA shares Obama’s plan for an inclusive health care system as a right of all Americans, and concern for uninsured Americans in a deteriorating American economy. IMANA has issued a statement saying that the organization asks “President-elect Obama to consider a robust partnership between government, health care industry and community based organizations to reform the health care system.” The Islamic Medical Association of North America was founded over 40 years ago, in 1967.

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‘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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