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The Charedi community in Stamford Hill is being consulted by the NHS on how it could better understand their medical needs.

Residents will be canvassed on issues including mixed hospital wards, which the community strongly opposes.

A questionnaire has been devised on behalf of City and Hackney Primary Care Trust with the help of local Jewish GPs and the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations.

The questionnaire was formulated by Jeff Fulgar, who explained: “It’s important we gain an understanding about how groups in the community would like to be treated by the PCT, because needs do differ greatly.”

Based on the responses, a series of recommendations will be made to the PCT.

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