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Whipps Cross staff must not wear full-face veil while treating patients
Staff at Whipps Cross University are banned from wearing the full-face veil when treating patients, it has emerged.
Barts Health, which runs the Leytonstone Hospital, confirmed staff must show their faces to patients during treatment, but employees are free to wear the niqab or burka at other times.
A trust spokeswoman said: “It is trust policy that faces may not be covered while treating patients and that all staff must ensure their forearms are bare from the elbows down whilst delivering direct patient care.
“Non-clinical staff are free to wear the veil or niqab.”
The trust has been asked by the Guardian to explain its policy further.
Whipps Cross, along with other hospitals run by Barts Health, are among 17 identified as having a ban in place.
Health Minister Dan Poulter has launched a review into the wearing of veils in hospitals to ensure patients always have "appropriate face-to-face contact".
The wearing of the niqab and burka is at the centre of a public debate after a judge ordered a woman to remove the veil to give evidence in court.
A Birmingham college recently dropped its ban on the full veil following public pressure.
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