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Iraq's hospitals struggle to provide a service

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7395.899 (Published 26 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:899

A call on the BMA and the BMJ

We call on the BMA and the BMJ to oppose the invasion and occupation
of Iraq.

The BMA and the BMJ cannot be neutral and should deplore the massive
loss of life and civilian casualties. The BMA should do everything in its
power to assist the medical profession in Iraq and help to improve the
medical situation there.

The oil ministry was guarded while the hospitals were looted. Many
weeks after the US and British forces took over towns, they were without
water supplies and electricity, endangering the health of their
populations.

Amnesty, Medecins sans Frontieres and the World Health Organisation,
all testify to the contempt for human life displayed by the occupiers, who
left the hospitals bursting with injured Iraqis and very little means for
caring for them. People are still suffering and dying.

We call on the BMA to make contact, via Amnesty and WHO, with the
Iraqi Medical Association in Baghdad and doctors in major hospitals, to
ascertain how we can help our Iraqi colleagues.

We must act now to support Iraqi doctors and lessen the humanitarian
disaster caused by the war.

Yours sincerely,

Mahir S. Mahir
Consultant Surgeon

Anna Athow
Consultant Surgeon

Angela Gorman
Consultant Haematologist

Mahes de Silva
Consultant, National Blood Service

Rose Green
Consultant Physician

Hadeel Hameed-Nasrat
General Practitioner

Iqbal Singh
Professor of Medicine

Jean F Harrison
Consultant, National Blood Service

Maadh Aldouri
Consultant Haematologist

Wael Ismail
Consultant Surgeon

Mohammad Alhejazi
Consultant Surgeon

Bushra Al-Rubeyi
Consultant Paediatrician

Hisham Al-Qassab
Consultant Physician

Ayman S Jundi
Consultant in A&E Medicine

Anwar Alsafar
Consultant Oncologist

Ameir Al-Mukhtar
Consultant Surgeon

Aimen Hassani
Consultant Anaesthetist

Naseer Abdusamad
General Practitioner

Muttib Ali Al-Temimi
Consultant Paediatrician

Talib Al-Mishlab
Consultant Surgeon

Faiza Hassan
Consultant Psychiatrist

Aza Abdullah
Consultant Physician

Ali Al Hassani
Consultant Radiologist

Mustafa El-Zebdeh
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Ali Latif
Consultant Physician

Ismail Jalili
Consultant Ophthalmologist

Amir Al-Samarrai
Consultant Oncologist

Mohammad Al Jasari
Consultant Histopathologist

Riadh Al-Himmani
Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgeon {retired)

Ahmed Hegale,
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Tushar V Gosh
General Practitioner

Munir Adam
General Practitioner

Ayad Khalil
Consultant Anaesthetist

Elsayed Soliman
Consultant Physician

Shakir Alani
Consultnat Neurophysiologist

Dhafir Alokati
Consultant Pathologist

Motez Al-Izzi
Consultant Pathologist

Salaheddin Salim
Consultant ENT Surgeon

Foad Alani
Associate Specialist in Medicine

AN Abbasi
Consultant Oncologist

Maysoon Aldoori
Consultant Paediatrician

Gamal Siam
Associate Specialist in Surgery

Mary Inskip
Associate Specialist, National Blood Services

Jamal Uraiby
Consultant Pathologist

Muhayman Jamil
Associate Specialist Palliative Medicine

Ali Hassan
Associate Specialist in Orthopaedics

Maha Kamal
Clinical Assistant in Haematology

Thamir Ally
SCMO in Psychiatry

Bara Al-Rawi
SpR Orthopaedics

Raya Al-Talib
Staff Grade Anaesthetist

A Karim
Associate Specialist in Dermatology

K. Jaffar
Psychiatrist

M. Abdulla
Rheumatologist

Nada Ayub
Paediatrician

Maisoon Said
GP Registrar

Ali Al-Batran
SHO ENT

Ghada Al-Batran
SHO in Obstetrics

H Hadi Al-Musawi
SHO in Medicine

Abdulazim Saffaf
Associate Specialist, Community Paediatrics

Basma Al-Kamil
SHO in Psychiatry

Amr Farouk Mohamed Salem
SHO in ENT

Ahmed M Shihadah
Staff Grade Doctor in Medicine

Kassim Alkaisy
General Practitioner

Khalid Jaffar
Staff Grade in Psychiatry

Maha Hamdan
General Practitioner

Muhammad Abbas
General Practitioner

Belsam Karim
General Practitioner

Sarmid Abdul Karim Al-Kamil
General Practitioner

Abdullah Al-Nowfal
Senior Clinical Fellow in Surgery

MK Hammad
Staff Grade in GU Medicine

A Zurgani
Staff Grade in Orthopaedics

Khaled Awad
Staff Grade in Orthopaedics

Saad Al-Dujailly
Urologist

Sohail Chosky
SpR in General Surgery

S Swedan
General Practitioner
H Swedan
General Practitioner

A Ibrahim
General Practitioner

Sonia Khandil
Associate Specialist, Obs & Gyn

Ahmed Helmy
Clinical Research Fellow in Endocrinology

Amjid Azeb
Staff grade in A/E

Ayad Salmons
SHO

Delshad Alsheikh
Staff grade A/E

Thamir AlSaidy
General Practitioner

Ahmad Khalil
Staff Grade Anaesthesia

Rifaat AboLayeh
Associate specialist Obs And Gynae

Talal Bazaara
Associate Specialist medicine elderly

Ghiath Alsaigh
Staff grade A/E

Safa Kaftan
Staff grade A/E

Competing interests:  
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests
21 May 2003
Mahir S. Mahir
Consultant Surgeon
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Homerton University & St Bartholomew's Hospitals E9 6SR
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