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8. Further information and support

We've listed some of the organisations that will be able to offer you further support or information around the issues we've highlighted.


British Medical Association

Medical Ethics Department,
BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP.
Telephone: +4420 7383 6286  Fax: +4420 7383 6233
Email: [email protected]

Armed Forces Committee, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP.
Telephone: +4420 7383 6020
Email: [email protected]


General Medical Council

Regent’s Place, 350 Euston Road,
London NW1 3JN.
Telephone: +44 20 7189 5404  Fax: +44 20 7189 5401
Email: [email protected]
Visit the GMC website


Defence Medical Services Professional Conduct and Ethics Committee

SO1 Medical Policy, HQ Surgeon General, Coltman House, DMS Whittington,
Lichfield WS14 9PY.
Tel: +441543 434118
Email the DMS Committee



The Joint Service Manual of the Law of Armed Conflict
Chapter 7 ‘The Wounded, Sick, and Dead and Medical Services’ and Chapter 8 ‘Prisoners of War’. Joint Service Publication 383. 2004. Oxford University Press.

Medical Support to Persons Detained by UK Forces whilst on Operations
Joint Service Publication 950, leaflet 1-3-4. March 2011. MOD.

Captured Persons (CPERS)
Joint Doctrine Publication 1-10. 2nd edition, October 2011 (reviewed for amendments on a 6 monthly basis). MOD.

The Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols

Health Care in Danger: The Responsibilities of Health-Care Personnel Working in Armed Conflicts and Other Emergencies

August 2012. ICRC


Online resources

Doctors may find the following BMA ethics guidance useful.

Confidentiality and disclosure of health information tool kit (2009)

Consent tool kit (2009)

Medical Ethics Today: The BMA’s handbook of ethics and law (2012) - find out more

Mental Capacity Act tool kit (2008)


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Ethical decision making for doctors in the armed forces tool kit (PDF)