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Challenging Religious Privilege

Physiotherapist struck off for religious rant at patient

A physiotherapist who attacked a patient’s religion when she refused to have acupuncture at a Sheffield clinic has been struck off.

Muslim Zaffar Ali told the Christian woman her faith was ‘wrong’ and had “killed more people than any other religion” after she said the treatment was against her beliefs.

The hearing was told Ali confronted the woman while he was working for a clinic that provides treatment for chronic pain on behalf of the NHS.

In a letter of complaint, the patient wrote: “I found Mr Ali to be extremely racist against my Christian faith. I have had doctors, nurses and staff of all different religions look after me but this is the first time I’ve been treated by such a bigoted man as Mr Ali.”

He was already subject to a four-year caution imposed by the Health Professions Council in 2009 after he received criminal convictions for harassment and battery and was sacked from Sheffield NHS Primary Care Trust.

Meanwhile, in another healthcare case, the disciplinary hearing against Dr Richard Scott, accused of preaching at patients in his GP surgery and trying to convert them, has been adjourned.

Published Fri, 21 Oct 2011