Irish surgeons’ college admits it questioned Bahraini medical students after being contacted by government

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 12 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6616
  1. Simon Mills and Sophie Arie
  1. 1Dublin and London

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has apologised to three students at its medical school in Bahrain after it emerged they were questioned by college staff in February because the education ministry had complained about them participating in political protests. It is unclear if the students were in violation of any college regulation by taking part.

After repeated inquiries, the college confirmed it received a complaint from the education ministry and photographs showing the three among the protesting crowds and called the students for meetings at which they were questioned about their activities.

After these meetings, students were asked by a senior college staff member to sign a document—which …

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