British National Death Care Meets Islamic Fatalism

"I shouted at the nurses' counter about her condition. At this one of the nurses on duty told me to be a good Muslim and leave the control to Allah."

Sometimes two individually wonderful things are combined, like Peanut Butter and Jelly. And sometimes two individually horrible things are combined together for an even more horrible combination, like the British National Death Care system and Islamic Fatalism.

Death panels sound so much better when Allah is mentioned in them.

The latest articles about the horrifying levels of neglect and abuse in British hospitals, combined with the Liverpool Care Pathway that will eventually come to ObamaCare as health care savings through euthanasia, are already pretty terrible. But one of the problems with the UK's health care system is the large number of immigrants, both on the giving and the receiving ends.

Murad Ali, 39, accused the nurse, who was also Muslim, of being unprofessional after the incident at the £261m Queen's Hospital in Romford, Essex.

Mr Ali said his two-year-old daughter began frothing at the mouth the day after being taken by ambulance to hospital with breathing problems. But he said that he and his frantic wife Tamseel Fatimah, 38, were ignored by busy staff at the 939-bed hospital's A&E department and ward.

Both parents have trained to be doctors although they do not practice. The little girl had been taken twice previously to Queen's A&E with a fever and cough before returning when she deteriorated on December 17.

Mr Ali, of Barking, Essex, said his little girl was in obvious respiratory distress but staff at the emergency unit, which was this month found by a health watchdog to be compromising patients safety, tried to send her home.

The father-of-two said the shocked couple were told by staff that the six-year-old hospital was short of doctors.
The baby was finally moved onto a children's ward for treatment but her condition continued to worsen.

"Suddenly I saw my daughter turning blue with froth coming from her mouth," Mr Ali said.

"I shouted at the nurses' counter about her condition. At this one of the nurses on duty told me to be a good Muslim and leave the control to Allah.

"The nurse said she was a Muslim. I am a Muslim, too, but I do not expect a nurse to say this when my daughter needs medical help. It's just not professional."

It no doubt did not help matters any that we are talking about a little girl in a religion and culture that values boys more than girls.

But as Samuel Huntington noted, Islam is essentially fatalistic. It has a tragic view that accepts the inevitability of negative outcomes. That has unfortunate implications at the medical level, where the individual effort comes to seem meaningless. If Allah wants the little girl to live, she will. If he doesn't, she won't. Human effort is almost irrelevant.

What that means when Muslim doctors and nurses treat patients is very troubling. Even with the best of intentions, fatalism seeps into their actions and reactions. Death is inevitable. Medical workers cannot be held responsible for what Allah has chosen to do. What impact such attitudes have on the quality of health care in the UK is a troubling question that should be explored further.

Tags: Islam, NHS