In response to the ongoing situation in Sudan, Professor Phil Banfield, BMA UK chair of council said: “It is very concerning to see the distressing situation unfold in Sudan. We stand in solidarity with the people of Sudan and appeal for an end to the escalating violence. As we closely monitor the situation, we would urge the UK Government to offer necessary humanitarian aid and support to those fleeing the conflict, including international medical graduates who work in the NHS, who may be currently stranded in the region and unable to leave.
“The principle of medical neutrality is fundamental to international humanitarian law and must be respected. Therefore, the BMA is calling on all parties to acknowledge the role that doctors and the wider health service play within Sudan. All parties must stand by this moral obligation to ensure that the medical workforce can freely continue to care for patients and save lives - including those injured during hostilities - without threat of violence, aggression, or interruption.
“The Association’s wellbeing support services and workplace support services are available for UK-based doctors or medical students who are affected by the unfolding crisis.”
The International Committee of the Red Cross are currently working to reach hospitals in Khartoum and other parts of the country running out of medical supplies. Details of their appeal to support those caught up in the crisis are on their website: ICRC appeal in Sudan.
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