Doctor suspended for saying ‘transsexuals are twisted’

November 4, 2008

Updating my post of last week, Doctor storms out of GMC hearing, with this from Pink News:

The President of the Islamic Medical Association has been suspended from medical practice for 12 months by the General Medical Council.

A fitness to practise hearing ruled against Dr Muhammad Siddiq in his absence.

Last week he dismissed his barrister at the hearing and then left the proceedings when he was refused an adjournment to find new counsel.

The GP had given differing explanations about a letter published in his name in a medical magazine that said gay people needed the “stick of law to put them on the right path.”

Andrew Popat, chair of the hearing, called the GP’s actions “liable to undermine public confidence in the medical profession and liable to bring the profession into disrepute. The panel continues to have concerns regarding Dr Siddiq’s insight into his actions.”

A journalist on the magazine in which the letter was published, Pulse, had told the hearing that in conversation Dr Siddiq had confirmed many of the views expressed in the letter.

Anthony Lithgow testified that the GP thought homosexuality should be illegal, gender reassignment surgery is a waste of money and gays “prey on society.”

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Also in the Daily Mail.

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