Health minister Ab Klink says he will only support a health service ban on the full-length burqa worn by fundamentalist Islamic women if it actually causes problems.
Klink was speaking during Thursday night’s debate on the burqa ban which the government plans to introduce on public transport, the education sector and the civil service.
Before deciding whether to impose a ban, Klink said he wanted a proper assessment of the issue.
The minister pointed out that neither doctors’ organisations or health service inspectors have said there is a problem with women wearing the garment.
Experts believe fewer than 100 women in the Netherlands actually wear a burqa.
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