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Irish surgeons college refuses to speak out against atrocities in Bahrain

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 24 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3259
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is continuing to operate its training school in Bahrain as normal and has not commented on the intimidation and arrests of medical workers in the country in recent months.

The college has had closer ties with Bahrain than have most medical bodies in Western countries since it opened a training programme for doctors in the capital, Manama, in 2004. Its first class of 72 students graduated in 2010 in disciplines including medicine, nursing, and healthcare ethics and law.

Human rights bodies, aid agencies, and news channels have reported a coordinated campaign by Bahrain authorities against medical staff who have helped injured pro-democracy protesters since the government’s crackdown on protests, involving troops from neighbouring Saudi Arabia, in March.

Some 46 medical workers are currently detained, and 29 of them face criminal charges, some of which could lead to the death penalty. They are accused of …

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