Muslim medics refuse to roll up their sleeves in hygiene crackdown - because it's against their religion Extract from Daily Mail 26 February 2008 Health officials are having crisis talks with Muslim medical staff who have objected to hospital hygiene rules because of religious beliefs. Medics in hospitals in at least three major English cities have refused to follow the regulations aimed at helping tackle superbugs because of their faith, it has been revealed. Women medical students at Alder Hey children's hospital in Liverpool objected to rolling up their sleeves when washing their hands and removing arm coverings in theatre, claiming it is regarded as immodest. Similar concerns were raised at Leicester University and Sheffield University reported a case of a Muslim medic refusing to "scrub" because it left her forearms exposed. Some students have said that they would prefer to quit the course rather than expose their arms, but hygiene experts said no exceptions should be made on religious grounds. A Royal Liverpool hospital spokesman said they had experienced issues of Muslim staff not sanitising their forearms with alcohol gel although this had now been addressed. Dr Steve Ryan, medical director at Alder Hey said that while the "bare below the elbows" dress code is a matter of patient safety, the trust would work with Muslim students to find a solution. He said: "We specify bare below elbows, no wrist watches, nail varnish or false nails in clinical areas. "Good hand hygiene is one of the most important and simplest actions we can take to prevent healthcare associated infections.