Monday, 16 September 2013

Judge Murphy and the veil

For sometime now UK has failed to ensure social justice when it comes to religious expression. Many professionals are obstructed in their attempt to do their job properly because of the bias towards religious expression.

Recently, Judge Murphy in London had difficulty with a witness who covered her face with a veil on religious grounds. This posed a problem of identification but also a problem in the exercise of the professional duty as a judge. It is an accepted legal practice that facial expressions, tone of voice and mannerism of witnesses do matter in courts.

Whatever Judge Murphy decides with respect to the wearing of  the said veil there could be objections: if he permits the veil there could be objections to that as other witnesses are judged on their verbal expressions, tone of voice, mannerisms. 

If he allowed witness to be screened from public view while without veil then he risks public hearing not being what many may expect it to be. Public present in court would want to see the witness too. It is not mere curiosity. Public also look at facial expressions, mannerisms, listen to tone of voice of witnesses. Similarly, those judging them are observed. How can one judge a judge's decision making or questioning when one does not really know what behaviour of witness he/she may be reacting to?

This mess can be solved politically, but UK is unlike France which published secular charter in all schools and is a secular state.

Judges have suffered in other European countries too, for example, an Italian judge Luigi Tosti in his attempt to remove cricifix from the courtroom. 

Friday, 13 September 2013

DOCTORS4JUSTICE: Foreign doctors and language skills

Foreign doctors and language skills

The situation in the UK (United Kingdom) is not good. More than 100 doctors died while investigated by the General Medical Council (GMC), the regulator of medical profession. Tens of thousands of patients died in NHS (National Health Service) hospitals unnecessarily and yet there are many regulators in healthcare.

For some time GMC expressed their view that they need new legislation to allow them to test foreign medical graduates' language skills. The facts are that such legislation is not required. European countries ask foreign graduates to provide certificates of proficiency in the language. Germany does and so do other European countries.

Is there such a thing as Cambridge University in the UK? Do they know about English Proficiency teaching and certification? Of course, of course, but power games and manipulation has been the problem in regulation of medical profession for some time.


Thursday, 5 September 2013

Hunt stands up for equality

Rt. Hon. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has made a stand for equality by raising questions about CPS decision not to prosecute two doctors found to be performing abortions based on sex only which is illegal. Telegraph carried out investigations. It is not clear why CPS considered it not to be in the public interest to prosecute.

 GMC does not always prosecute doctors who break the law, and allows corrupted individuals, for example, to remain on the medical register. 

Since 2004 over 100 doctors died while investigated by the General Medical Council. The reasons remain unclear and D4J is asking for confidential enquiry why this happened.

Click on the photograph from BBC website to read their report.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Stop the badger cull or Stop the doctor "cull"

The e-petition Stop the badger cull is doing very well, indeed, and has secured more than enough votes to lead to a debate in the House of Commons.
Meanwhile the Petition for Confidential Enquiry into deaths of hundred doctors who died while investigated by the General Medical Council is proceeding at a much slower pace. That is England for you at the moment.
To sign the Petition demanding Confidential Enquiry into deaths of 100 doctors who died while investigated by the General Medical Council CLICK HERE.