Muslims refuse male gynaecologists

13th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 September 2007, BRUSSELS – More and more Muslims are refusing to allow a male gynaecologist to attend at their wives' deliveries, says the head of gynaecology at the Brussels University Hospital VUB and the Ghent University Hospital. Various newspapers have reported on the problem.

13 September 2007

BRUSSELS – More and more Muslims are refusing to allow a male gynaecologist to attend at their wives' deliveries, says the head of gynaecology at the Brussels University Hospital VUB and the Ghent University Hospital. Various newspapers have reported on the problem.

The Flemish Association of Gynaecologists are urging for a strict, uniform policy in all hospitals. The phenomenon is common particularly in cities with a large immigrant population.

The Flemish Association for Obstetrics and Gynaecology (VVOG) acknowledges the problem and urges a strict attitude. "In my own hospital every patient that absolutely insists on a woman doctor is discharged from the hospital immediately," explains Johan Van Wiemeersch at the Sint-Augustinus in Wilrijk. "As an association of gynaecologists we are urging that these same strict regulations be in place in all maternity wards."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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