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Irish surgeons college admits it treated arrested doctors “insensitively”

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 17 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6719
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has acknowledged that its Bahrain medical school acted “insensitively” towards 14 local doctors whose teaching roles were suspended and salaries stopped after authorities accused them of antigovernment activities.

The doctors, employed full time by the Bahrain Health Service and also contracted by the medical school to give clinical training to its students, were all accused of acts against the state during protests in February and March.

When they lost their hospital positions and therefore were unable to continue teaching students in the wards, the medical school found replacement teachers and stopped paying salaries without notifying those involved in writing. It says that it contacted those affected by phone and that nine have since been reinstated. The jobs of the remaining five will be open to them once they are able to work again.

But Fatima Haji, a 33 year old rheumatologist now sentenced to five years in prison for charges she denies, says that she was not informed of the medical school’s …

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