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Letters Iraqi doctors’ training in UK

Looking to rebuild Iraq’s healthcare system

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 10 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4621
  1. Salman Rawaf, professor of public health1,
  2. Elizabeth Dubois, associate director of public health2,
  3. Ali Kubba, consultant community gynaecologist3,
  4. Talha Al-Shawaf, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist4,
  5. Asad Zoma, consultant rheumatologist5,
  6. Tariq Al-Hadithi, professor of community medicine6,
  7. Sami Elhassani, professor of neonatology7
  1. 1Imperial College London
  2. 2Wandsworth NHS Trust, London
  3. 3Lambeth Community Health/Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, London
  4. 4Barts and London NHS Trust, London
  5. 5Lanarkshire Centre for Rheumatology
  6. 6Erbil, Iraq
  7. 7South Carolina, USA
  1. s.rawaf{at}

    The British government has instigated a training scheme in the UK for Iraqi doctors,1 who for many years have worked under UN sanctions restricting access to all imported materials for continuing professional development, including the BMJ.2 Some of those …

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