Doctor who denied he saw Iraqi detainee’s injuries is struck off medical registerBMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8686 (Published 21 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8686
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Individual doctors are prone to make errors of judgment and tell lies[repeatedly in some cases ] to appear consistent ,fail to perceive the obvious signs of grave violence and get sympathy from some colleagues who may turn a blind eye.
Cynics might see all sorts of reasons for this "denialism of the unsavoury truth " but sympathy for overlooking such heinous crimes against another human being would be an unlikely ,if not irrational, response.
Competing interests: No competing interests
I have sympathy for such a young and inexperienced regimental medical officer in such an alien environment. However moral courage to stand up for patients is a difficult thing to teach and certainly not encouraged in today`s NHS hospital practice.
It bothers me that there has been little mention of the brigade senior medical officer or the divisional commander medical. Where were they? What were they doing? Did they visit outposts to check on exposed younger colleagues?
This has not been an individual failing.
The politicisation of the administration of the Army Medical Services was one of the reasons that I had to leave in 2002 as patient care was not the top most priority for the organisation.
Thankfully care seems to have improved as conflict has dragged on in the mid East. However the peace-time military in the 21stC does not have the luxury of a "phoney war" to get ready. History repeating itself yet again.
Competing interests: Served 17 years in the RAMC on active service in the Middle East, Central America and Northern Ireland as junior doctor with the infantry. Never met Dr K.