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Kashmir communications blackout is putting patients at risk, doctors warn

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 19 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5204
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Doctors have warned that the current situation in Indian administered Kashmir, where the government has imposed a security lockdown and communications blackout, is preventing people from seeking medical help.

In a rapid response sent to The BMJ,1 a group of 18 doctors from across India warned that the “grim” situation had led to a “blatant denial of the right to healthcare.”

In the letter, which has been coordinated by Ramani Atkuri, a public health consultant in Madhya Pradesh, the doctors called for …

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