Colleges and trusts are blocking humanitarian service

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7011.1027b (Published 14 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1027
  1. Peter Beale
  1. Chief medical adviser National Headquarters, British Red Cross Society, London SW1X 7EJ

    EDITOR,--I was pleased to read of the Princess Royal's support for the release of medical staff from health authorities and trusts for voluntary work overseas.1 The princess is quoted as saying: “People returning [from working overseas] report negative attitudes and a lack of interest. Working in other countries appears to give a negative signal to employers.” This has been the experience of the British Red Cross Society.

    There are two main difficulties. Firstly, as …

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