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Paediatrics on the peace line

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1648
  1. Moira Stewart, consultant paediatrician
  1. Belfast

    See pp 1609, 1636

    Cupar Street Clinic is one of the landmarks in north and west Belfast Situated between the Protestant Shankill and Catholic Falls Roads, it literally formed part of the peace line for many years. A 10 feet high metal fence meant that access from the Shankill was to the front of the clinic and from the Falls was to the back. Pedestrians could pass through a small gate, which was locked at night, but vehicle access was restricted to one or other side of the fence. Attacks across the car park in Cupar Street from both sides of the peace line were regular occurrences, and staff and patients often arrived in the morning to smells of burning and scenes of destruction. Inside the clinic, however, parents including ex-internees—Loyalist and Republican—sat quite happily together, on cramped benches in a small waiting area, in order for their children to be assessed and …

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