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Letters Suspension for treating torture victims

Suspension verdict for doctor treating torture victims is unfair

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 10 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2131
  1. Andrew Moulson, medico-legal doctor1,
  2. Andrew Bailey, retired general practitioner2,
  3. Hennah Bashir, medico-legal doctor2,
  4. John Stuart Cornell, general practitioner3,
  5. David Lewis, general practitioner4,
  6. Julia Nelki, child psychiatrist5,
  7. Jim Newmark, general practitioner6,
  8. Nigel Speight, paediatrician7,
  9. Shyama Velupillai, general practitioner8
  1. 1York, UK
  2. 2London, UK
  3. 3Sheffield, UK
  4. 4Liverpool, UK
  5. 5Chester, UK
  6. 6Huddersfield, UK
  7. 7Durham, UK
  8. 8Ebbw Vale, Gwent, UK
  1. amoulson{at}

As doctors who regularly work with survivors of torture we are well aware of the devastating short term and long term effects that torture has on those subjected to it. We also recognise the obligations on doctors stated in the …

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