Doc' terror talk' probe

A DOCTOR at a South Yorkshire hospital sparked an investigation after he allegedly made a pro-Al Qaeda speech at a prayer meeting.

Tuesday, 9th October 2007, 8:41 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th October 2007, 11:10 am

Psychiatrist Eltigani Adam Hammad, aged 60, apparently talked about British and US defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan during prayers at Rotherham Hospital.

Some of his audience were outraged and another Muslim doctor apparently stood up and told him to stop speaking.

A formal investigation was conducted by senior officers at the now Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health NHS Trust and police were informed.

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It is believed Mr Hammad is a Doncaster-based doctor and has retained his position.

A Rotherham Hospital spokesman today said it had ordered a clampdown on the content of future prayer meetings but police were to take no further action.

The spokesman said: "In December last year a doctor employed by Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust raised concerns about the alleged inappropriate content of a prayer meeting he had attended.

"It had been led by another doctor who was an employee of the then Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare NHS Trust.

"As a consequence of the findings both Trusts agreed to implement a number of protocols to ensure appropriate content at future prayermeetings. Given the nature of the concerns raised, this matter was discussed with the police prior to and at the conclusion of the Trust investigation."

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "We have been aware of the NHS investigation but we have not conducted an investigation of our own.

"If the NHS had discovered evidence of extremism, we would have been involved further."

Hammad - who qualified in Sudan - agreed to stop giving further addresses before Friday prayers at the hospital.

Today a spokesman for the United Mosque Council of South Yorkshire said: "A Muslim informed the authorities and it shows that the audience did not agree with the speech."