Restricting Veiling in Healthcare

This report analyses the validity of proposed restrictions on healthcare professionals wearing the niqab.

Banning the face veil on the premise of protecting women’s freedom has been argued by many to infer that those who wear the niqab fail to muster legitimacy as British women who have made an independent religious choice.

The principle arguments offered in support of a ban on face veils in public currently centre around security concerns and the need to protect vulnerable women. Suggestions also made by the Health Minister to prohibit the face veil on the basis of impaired communication has meant that communication is now also being submitted as a principle argument for a possible ban.

This paper will elaborate on the implications of introducing regulations on the wearing of a face veil in healthcare.

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