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Niqab discussion held by Rochdale Community Forum

A single, often black, piece of cloth has become the centre of much discussion and media frenzy of late such that some MP’s have called for a ‘national debate’ on it.

Some call it a barrier to communication, an impediment to dialogue and cohesion and others call it a risk to our national security.

The niqab is proudly adopted as a symbol of religious observance by many members of our local community whilst others will feel somewhat uncomfortable around this apparel.

– Rochdale Community Forum

Hospital trust: decision made in patient's best interest

“As part of the court hearing, there has been overwhelming unanimous medical opinion among our own medical consultants and independent clinical experts that it would not be in the patient’s best interest to intervene and be resuscitated again. We believe he will suffer more pain and sustain further damage to his brain.

“This has been a very difficult and emotional time for Mr L’s family who have shown great dignity throughout this difficult process. We appreciate the family wish to do everything they can in the best interest of their loved one."

– Dr Sally Bradley, Medical Director for The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

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Family of Muslim man 'devastated' at the outcome of 'right-to-treatment' case

"The family are devastated at the outcome of the hearing and remain of the view that all attempts should be made to prolong L's life, particularly in view of his uncertain prognosis.

"They consider that it was inappropriate to place a Do Not Resuscitate order in L's notes without informing or consulting his family and that, in view of the uncertainty in relation to his condition, it was premature to do so."

– Julianne Moore, family solicitor

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