GMC suspends leading Muslim GP over homophobic letter
By Steve Nowottny
A Muslim GP who wrote a letter to Pulse setting out his homophobic views has been suspended for 12 months by a GMC fitness-to-practise panel.
Dr Muhammad Siddiq sent the letter in July last year in his role as president of the Islamic Medical Association, saying gay people needed ‘the stick of the law to put them on the right path.'
The GMC found his actions were inappropriate, not in the best interests of his patients and liable to undermine public confidence in the profession. The panel concluded he had lied when he claimed his son had written the letter as a spoof.
In its ruling, the panel said that ‘taking no action in this case would be wholly inappropriate' and opted for the maximum suspension period of 12 months.
‘It is of the view that this will afford Dr Siddiq the opportunity to reflect on his actions and to develop insight into the matters which brought him before this Panel,' it said.
Dr Siddiq, a GP in Walsall, had also refused to accept the outcome of a PCT assessment of his circumcision practice.
Dr Siddiq last week dismissed his barrister and then walked out of the hearing after he was denied an adjournment in which to find a new lawyer.
The hearing continued in his absence and heard Dr Siddiq had told a Pulse journalist he thought gay people were preying on society and that 99% of Muslim GPs shared his views.
Following Dr Siddiq's initial letter, which was not published, Pulse reported that his comments had caused outrage among other Muslim GPs.
Dr Latif Hussain, a Muslim GP from Newcastle-under-Lyne, Staffordshire, told Pulse in July last year: ‘I would imagine Dr Siddiq's gay patients would be upset and horriified at his views. I would like to say he does not speak for all Muslims.'The GMC suspended Dr Muhammad Siddiq for 12 months