Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, a writer and commentator, argues state-run institutions like hospitals should be free from the doctrine of religion – and says hijabs are a health hazard
Recently, I went to a large NHS teaching hospital in London for a blood test. A young couple was behind me in the queue.
He was wearing a suit. She was completely covered. When I was finished and it was their turn, he started getting agitated and spoke loudly at the young man who was due to take blood from his wife.
The husband of the woman in hijab would not let a male doctor take blood. ‘I need a woman to do this’ he demanded angrily.