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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) replies to Fiona Godlee

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 26 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6862
  1. Eilis McGovern, president1,
  2. Cathal J Kelly, chief executive/registrar1
  1. 1Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland
  1. communications{at}

Fiona Godlee challenges the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in relation to the detention and trial of healthcare professionals in Bahrain.1 We here clarify our position on this issue.

RCSI is a not for profit medical educational institution that has consistently espoused the fundamental principles of independence and non-discrimination in providing medical care to patients, advancing healthcare in the Republic of Ireland and elsewhere, and educating healthcare professionals to the highest ethical and professional standards. Such ethical principles inform all our actions everywhere.

With regard to the current situation in Bahrain, we welcome the Bahraini authorities’ decision on 5 October 2011 to set aside the verdicts of the military court, as well as the announcement that the accused healthcare professionals will be retried in civilian courts …

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