|A dentist has been allowed to continue practising - despite telling Muslim patients he would only treat them if they wore Islamic dress.|
Dr Omer Butt, of Prestwich, Greater Manchester, ordered two women to wear a head scarf before he treated them.
The General Dental Council (GDC) said the events took place "a considerable time ago".
The GDC found that Dr Butt had "discriminated" against people on the basis he "disapproved of their attitude to the requirements of Islam" and "did not act in the best interests of his patients".
It was "in no doubt that it amounted to misconduct" but found his fitness to practise was not impaired because he had not repeated the conduct since September 2007.
In addition, the committee accepted he had changed his approach as a result of the action taken against him.
So what were the charges?
|The GDC committee found: "Your evidence was that you regard yourself as a Muslim first and a dentist second, and it is clear that you were using your position as a dentist to seek to influence patients as to non-clinical issues. |
"You have explained that you had a moral and religious obligation to persuade other Muslims to comply with Islamic requirements.
"You admitted that you would offer rewards to some patients who complied with the dress code.
"The committee concludes that these actions are more consistent with a person who has gone beyond mere persuasion or request and is seeking to impose a dress code."
This is the second time the dentist has appeared before a disciplinary committee over his stance on traditional Muslim dress.
In September 2007, Dr Butt received an admonition from the GDC after being found guilty of discriminating against a female patient by refusing to treat her unless she wore "appropriate Islamic dress".
He will come up again on charges, someone like this doesn't change just like that for anyone.