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Doctors condemn closures at Sudanese teaching hospital

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i258 (Published 15 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i258
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Doctors have raised concerns over service closures at the Khartoum Teaching Hospital in Sudan, the country’s largest public hospital, claiming that there has been insufficient consultation about the decision and poor planning of how to handle the transfer of patients.

The Sudan Doctors Union in the United Kingdom and Ireland said that it was deeply concerned and dismayed at the recent decision to close the hospital’s emergency services, effective from 31 December. The union claimed that there were reports of air conditioning units and water services already being switched off and patients discharged from wards, as the hospital is closed down in stages over the next few weeks.

A spokesperson for the union said, “This precipitous closure …

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