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Doctors held for bombing attempts, but NHS defends vetting procedures

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39266.539063.DB (Published 05 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:9
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    NHS Employers, the organisation responsible for employment procedures in the NHS, defended its vetting practices this week after seven doctors and medical students—six in the United Kingdom and one in Australia—were held by police in connection with the failed car bombings in London and Glasgow.

    One doctor, Iraqi born Bilal Abdullah, who worked as a locum doctor at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley, near Glasgow, was arrested at the scene of Saturday's attempt to blow up a jeep packed with gas cylinders at a Glasgow airport. Another man detained at the scene with 90% burns is thought to be a junior hospital doctor. He is in the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

    Later that day, the 26 year old Jordanian born doctor Mohammed Asha and a 27 year old woman, thought to be his wife, were arrested …

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