Medical aid teams trying to access Gaza question UK government support

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 01 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2214
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

    A medical aid team that recently returned to the United Kingdom after unsuccessfully trying to gain access to Gaza has questioned the efforts of the UK Foreign Office to support their work.

    The team of four, led by Omar Mangoush, a cardiac surgeon at London’s Hammersmith Hospital, had intended to help establish a cardiac surgery unit at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. But the UK doctors spent most of May waiting at the Egyptian controlled Rafah crossing, where they said they had watched medical teams from Ireland and the United States successfully enter Gaza with the backing …

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