Doctors Criticised for Cultural Ignorance
Updated 5:30 PM
The daily “Dagens Nyheter” reports that many Swedish doctors refuse to perform circumcisions on young boys, despite the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions calling on local healthcare authorities last Fall to offer the procedure.
One recent study reveals that two-thirds of Swedish pediatric surgeons refuse to perform male circumcisions that are not medically motivated. According to “Dagens Nyheter” 12 of Sweden’s 21 country councils, which administer healthcare in this country, do not offer the procedure.
Swedish Radio News reports that one consequence is that many male circumcisions in this country are performed by people without medical competence, which has led to cases of children being injured.
The situation here may reflect an ignorance of traditions in other parts of the world. While male circumcision is not common in Sweden, according to estimates as many as one-third of men in the world have been circumcised.
The practice is nearly universal in the Middle East and Central Asia, and according to the World Health Organisation 75 percent of men in the United States are circumcised.
Imam Abd al Haqq Kielan in Linköping tells Swedish Radio News he doesn’t think doctors should be allowed to refuse a direct recommendation of the National Social Welfare Board.
”This is a ceremony that all Jews and Moslems do with their sons,” he says. “It is regrettable that these doctors don’t understand the importance of social inclusion.”