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Bahraini doctors’ salaries are axed as they await retrial for crimes against the state

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7071 (Published 31 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7071
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

The 20 healthcare workers accused of crimes against the state during political protests in Bahrain earlier this year have had their salaries stopped without explanation.

The 20, most of whom worked at the Salmaniya medical complex, the main state hospital in the capital, Manama, were all suspended from their jobs after they were accused of committing various crimes when the hospital became a focal point of antigovernment protests in February and March. Most have continued to receive partial salary payments pending the outcome of investigations, but in October all their salaries were stopped.

“We have tried to find out why, but [the health ministry has] not answered,” said Zahra Al Samaak, an …

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