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GP's homophobia prompts outrage

Muslim doctors have leapt to disown fiercely homophobic comments by a GP claiming to represent the views of 99% of Muslims in describing his gay patients as 'twisted'.

A letter to Pulse by Dr Muhammad Siddiq, who practises in Walsall and claims the title of president of the Islamic Medical Association, caused outrage after claiming gays and transsexuals deserved neither 'sympathy nor help'.

The association is a small self-styled pressure group, which could not say how many members it has. The GMC warned that overt prejudice could put a GP's registration at risk.

Dr Siddiq's letter, in response to a story about alleged failures in treating gay patients, said: 'What gays need is the stick of law to put them on the right path and protect society from their ravages.'

Confronted by Pulse, Dr Siddiq said he would never deny gay patients treatment, but claimed 99% of Muslim doctors shared his views.

But Muslim GPs angrily denied this. Dr Latif Hussain, a Muslim GP from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, said: 'I would imagine Dr Siddiq's gay patients would be upset and horrified at his views. I would like to say he does not speak for all Muslims.'

Dr Prasad Rao, chair of the British International Doctors Association, said Dr Siddiq's 'sweeping statements' were unworthy of a member of the medical profession and did not represent doctors of any faith. 'He's talking absolute nonsense.'

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