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As a patient of the British health system I felt violated by PREVENT when I should have been cared for

I have ten minutes to see the doctor and it will take all of that and more to discuss my concerns. I tell her I’ve been feeling tired lately. The doctor narrows her eyes at me and says in a condescending tone, then says: ‘You’re wearing a headscarf. I haven’t seen you wearing a headscarf before. How long have you been wearing a headscarf?’ I am shocked. When I object to her line of questioning, she tells me that she was just trying to make pleasant conversation. I calmly tell her that it makes me feel angry when I go to the doctor to discuss my health, and she wants to talk about my religion instead. She picks up her pen and starts writing, saying out loud: ‘I shall write on your notes “Patient was angry”.’ Read more

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Prevent in the NHS – British Muslims survey

Welcome to the very short online survey for the ‘Impact of Prevent in Healthcare’ research project! This project, funded by the British Academy, is run by Dr. Tarek Younis and Dr. Sushrut Jadhav. The purpose of this survey is to explore your experiences and thoughts on Prevent’s integration in the NHS. Prevent is part of the UK government’s overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. It has simply been expressed as the need to “prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.” According to the Prevent Duty Guidance (2015), healthcare professionals will now meet, identify and treat individuals they believe may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism through a process called radicalisation. NHS healthcare professionals and staff receive mandatory training to recognise signs that someone has been or is being radicalised – this is part of the Prevent statutory duty. The UK governement designates the NHS a ‘pre-criminal space’. It is important British Muslims share their views on Prevent; it is said “the fight against Islamist extremism […]

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Prevent is the virus, not the vaccine

This week, an NHS whistleblower described how doctors and nurses are being trained to monitor terminally ill patients and their visitors for signs of radicalisation, under the UK government’s ‘Prevent‘ strategy. Prevent was established in 2003 as part of a four-pronged approach to counter terrorism and was widely expanded after the London bombings of 2005. Between 2005 and 2011 over $100 million was spent on around 1,000 different schemes. Read more