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Saturday, December 30th 2006

British Paper Of Repute Fails To Overreact

An interesting story about Muslims refusing to use alcohol based hand cleaners in hospitals, but let’s just take the tabloid source for what it is (an hysterical overreaction typically).

[S]ome Muslims refuse to use the hand cleansers on religious grounds because they contain alcohol.

Health watchdogs are so concerned they intend to meet with NHS bosses in the New Year to try and hammer out a solution.

NHS care assistant Theresa Poupa, 46, became aware of the situation while visiting a sick cousin at the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green.

She said: “I could not believe it – the signs are large enough and clear enough but they just took no notice and walked straight onto the ward.

“I was there almost every day for three weeks and I saw it repeated dozens and dozens of times. When I raised the matter with the nursing staff they just shrugged and said that Muslims were refusing to use the gel because it contained alcohol.

“They said they couldn’t force visitors to use the gel and I understand that — but I was astonished that anyone who didn’t wash their hands was allowed onto a ward.

“I know the dangers that bugs like MRSA can cause. They kill hundreds of patients a year.”

MRSA and other superbugs are scary enough to cause some pharmacologists and microbiologists to declare an impending end to the era of antibiotics, but still antecedal stories as news is the not the province of true journalism.

H/T Little Green Footballs

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