Intended for healthcare professionals


Doctors will be asked to help identify people at risk of becoming terrorists

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3627

Are doctors Jacks of all trades?

This is in reply to the recently published view, 'if we as doctors
should be reporting potential terrorists.'
In my view this is common sense that any and every potential threat must
be reported. Doctors have been seen in various roles i.e. teacher, manager, clinical
leader, and so on.

Having said that, one must not assume that we as doctors can play the
role of a police or investigating officer and actively look for any
suspected potential terrorist. We are just doctors and not a Jack of all

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 July 2011
Consultant Cardiologist & Acute Physician
Dr Sulaiman Al Habib Hospital, KSA