German doctor is criticised for saying he would refuse to treat refugees

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 27 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6441
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

A doctor in the village of Ellefeld in the eastern German state of Saxony has come under criticism after saying at a public meeting that he would not treat refugees.

The doctor, widely identified in the German press as the internist Thomas Schädlich, reportedly said, “If I wanted to treat foreigners I would have joined [the medical aid charity] Doctors Without Borders.”1

Schädlich, a member of the local council of the right wing party …

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