Wächtersbacher doctor apologizes for headscarf ban.
(08.09.2010) With his self-imposed rules, which exclude the wearing of headscarves and the treatment of large Muslim families in his practice, a doctor from Wächtersbach, Germany, caused a lot of excitement and criticism. Now the doctor rowed back and apologized to everyone concerned.
"I made a mistake in the tone," said the doctor, looking back at his own action. Although he couldn't talk away the problems that caused his advance, he now sees more clearly that his formulations have overshot the target and injured people. "I didn't intend to do that," emphasized the doctor.
Headscarves, a lack of knowledge of German and problems with the treatment of large families were reasons for the doctor to put his so-called "rules of the game" in the practice, in order to guarantee a "smoother practice". The rules are no longer displayed in practice, but he would like to re-apply them in a revised form because the problems with the treatment continue to exist. However, the new version is to be submitted to the Turkish-Islamic cultural association Wächterbach before the "rules of the game" decorate the walls of his practice again. In this context, the chairman of the Turkish Islamic Cultural Association, Seref Degermenci, emphasized that the doctor's action was wrong and in part discriminatory, but that dialogue was now a priority.
However, the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Hessen and the State Medical Association are not so satisfied with such an apology and want to have the case legally examined. Because the exclusion of sick people from treatment is a violation of the Hippocratic oath, which is unacceptable. It's hard to imagine what would happen if Germans were only treated abroad once they knew the local language. The doctor from Wächtersbach also became aware of this at the last second, so that he should have removed the rules of the game, not least because of the impending legal consequences. (fp)
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