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Ramadan work ethic: British Muslim police and doctors juggle fasting and emergencies

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British Muslim police and doctors Ramadan work ethic

British Muslim police and doctors Ramadan work ethic

“We need to capture that because in our society it’s hard for a lot of people to go report crimes in a cold, dreary station.”
The reflection room at Hertfordshire Police station is part of efforts to accommodate minorities in Britain’s police forces. Hertfordshire Police
Ramadan also poses a challenge for Muslim doctors, but the constant pressure of working in hospitals has made them well practised in coping, says Dr Hina Shahid, a general practitioner and chair of Muslim Doctors Association.
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“It’s so busy on normal days outside Ramadan, you don’t even get to eat or drink at work. So, in a sense there’s not much change. The lack of sleep is challenging but you get used to it,” she says. “Doing night shifts is easier … but it involves swaps with colleagues on the rota.”
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Dr Shahid says she tries to take annual leave during Ramadan, especially when sunset falls after 9pm.

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