A MUSLIM dentist recommended women wore traditional religious headscarves in his surgery to make him feel more comfortable, a misconduct hearing was told.
Omer Butt, 32, had a box of spare veils in his Bury practice and put signs up requesting Muslims to wear them, the General Dental Council heard.
But the dentist said he had no headscarf 'policy' and it was simply a recommendation to Muslim women for his benefit.
"I never sought to impose any conditions on any patient," he said. "The biggest thing I feel you can give a patient is trust and confidence.
"My feeling was I wanted people to know I am a Muslim.
"There are a lot of negative things associated with Muslims and I wanted to show a bit more of a positive side."
Mr Butt, who started the Unsworth Smile Clinic in Bury in 2003, put up signs telling Muslims not to do anything 'harem' - unlawful - in his surgery. When patients complained, bosses at the Bury, Rochdale and Heywood and Middleton Primary Care Trusts told him to take them down.
The hearing was also told a woman - Miss B - shouted at Mr Butt that he was an extremist after he asked her son if he prayed before deciding what treatment to give him.
Miss B had told the hearing she had been asked by Mr Butt to wear the headscarf. When she refused to leave without a complaints form, he called police. Asked if he told Miss B to put on headwear, the dentist replied: "No, I did not.
"Sometimes people have long hair and they need to tuck it in. I may have said to her to tuck in her hair once.
"She turned to me and looked at me with disgust and said 'you're an extremist'."
This is the second time Mr Butt has faced the GMC over allegations he tried to impose the Muslim hijab on patients.
Two years ago, he received a formal reprimand and was found guilty of serious professional misconduct.
He faced a hearing last year for failing to disclose driving convictions to his employers.
The dentist, of Sheepfoot Lane, Prestwich, faces being struck off if he is found guilty of misconduct again.
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