Thursday, 15 May 2014

Dr Mustapha Tahir :on Patients' power

Patients queue for four hours to thank retiring GP | News Article | Pulse Today

Perhaps the best way to know how good and valued a Doctor is should be from Patients' annual feedbacks. It appears to be a better barometer than the current exercise of Doctors annual appraisals and Revalidation which is costing the tax payer millions of pounds annually. Patients do value and respect their competent doctors. It's time this Government starts listening to Patients. @Mustapha Tahir

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May 15 2014

Dr Mustapha Tahir on Revalidation for Doctors

CQC chief has no confidence at all in revalidation process | News Article | Pulse Today

A system that is able to pick only one under performing doctor out of thousands is a whitewash.

Millions of tax payers money is being spent into this exercise. It does not command the respect of the profession nor that of the public. When will this Government listen to the voice of reason and scrap it?


Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Dr Mustapha Tahir on Cuts to Legal Aid.

Leading judges in damning attack on civil aid cuts | News | Law Society Gazette

Britain is one of the richest countries in the world. It's legal system has been the envy of the world. Not anymore. Severe cuts to legal aid for the poor is leading to self representation in court. This delays court sessions, and ultimately more than likely to lead to miscarriages of justice.

        To deny the poor in the society fund to get the best representation in court is akin to making the law, and justice, only accessible to the rich. Now that is what I call Injustice.

Dr Mustapha Tahir


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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Dr Mustapha Tahir On: Litigants in Person

Litigants in person make life ‘infinitely more difficult’ | News | Law Society Gazette

Dr Mustapha Tahir: As shown in the link above, the current exercise by the Government in Legal Aid is very likely to lead to miscarriages of Justice.

       The more Judges speak out about this despicable cuts the more likely the Government to listen. Perhaps with time, the Judges should consider joining their legal colleagues, the Barristers and Solicitors in a strike. Perhaps only then will the Ministry of Justice realise its policy is derailing The English Legal system that is admired by so many countries across the globe.

Dr Mustapha Tahir



Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Dr Mustapha Tahir: On Breaching Patients Fundamental Human Rights.

Compensation granted for disclosure of medical data of patient breaching his human rights

Dr Mustapha Tahir: The above ruling, that lead to a compensation to a patient,whose confidential medical records were released, without consent, is timely in view of wide electronic sharing of patients' medical records by health care professionals.

          Whilst it is true sharing records electronically by health care professionals can facilitate the medical management of Patients conditions, it is only right to obtain a Patient's consent unless under very rare and exceptional emergency circumstances, such as an only way to facilitate saving life.

    As a Family Physician, I Dr Mustapha Tahir, totally welcome this ruling. Patients should be able to trust their doctor. Divulging medical records without consent undermines the trust between a Physician and a Patient. That goes to the very heart of medical practice.

    Patients should have a right to their records. Doctors are custodians to those records. Mustapha Tahir. @MustaphaTahir 

Monday, 5 May 2014

Mustapha Tahir on: The Desmond Tutu Project & Northern Ireland.

The Desmond Tutu forgiveness initiative was started by Nelson Mandela. It has proven effective in preventing post apartheid South Africa descend into bloodbath and carnage. 

Confronting those you have wronged and seeking forgiveness does work. It has proven to be an effective alternative to punitive "justice".

And the people of Northern Ireland need to learn from this great project, especially in view of what is happening now. 
                 Gerry Adams the Sinn Fein (political wing) of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) was released only this morning by the police, after a 96 hour interview with the Police, in connection with the abduction and brutal murder of a mother of ten children called Jean Mc Conville in 1972. Senior Police officers are suggesting that they have enough evidence to bring him to justice. I accept that Mr Adams should not be immune to justice. No one should be. Sinn Fein claimed that Adam's arrest was "politically contrived" and "malicious".
       Ruth Duddley Edwards writing in today's Telegraph stated "If you can not have justice then you can not have peace Worthing of the name". I do not agree that this is so in all circumstances. Especially given the history of Northern Ireland, and how far we've come. Forgiveness can lead to lasting peace.  In deed she argued in her article "Is it worth bringing the past to light if it means causing chaos in the present? Should the need for justice for Jean Mc Conville outweigh the needs for ALL sides to put the troubles behind them?".
    Desmond Tutu has proven there is a better way of bringing about peace and avoiding bloodshed by wrong doers facing up to their victims and seeking for forgiveness. No lawyers involved. Just the victims families and the perpetrator(s). It worked for post apartheid South Africa and it can work in Northern Ireland. This initiative, in my opinion, should have been established immediately after the Good Friday agreement. 
       Given the potential repercussions of what is happening in Northern Ireland, I hope and pray people like Bill Clinton, an Irish American President, who spent a considerable time of his Presidency, to broker peace in that part of the world and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, step in to quickly to show the Irish that there is a third way, an alternative way, of bringing a much desired peace to a their country. The alternative is inexpensive and non time consuming. Seek for forgiveness and be forgiven. Justice does not always have to be punitive. In my opinion.
Dr Mustapha Tahir

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Friday, 2 May 2014

Dr Mustapha Tahir: No one should be above the law.

Barrister Briscoe jailed for role in Huhne speeding scandal | News | Law Society Gazette

Dr Mustapha Tahir: Constance Briscoe's story is a tragedy. However, in my opinion, no one should be above the law. Not even a judge. Briscoe was a successful barrister and part time judge who decided to pervert the course of justice.

       I hold the view that all cases she presided over as a Judge recorder or prosecuted as a barrister should now be subjected to detailed forensic review by the Crime Prosecution Serviced (CPS). Only then could her sentence make any meaning and warning to other judges.

  Mustapha Tahir

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