BMA calls on Russian Government to observe medical neutrality in Ukraine and appeals for an end to hostilities

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: UK
Last reviewed: 25 February 2022

In response to the ongoing situation in Ukraine Dr David Wrigley, BMA deputy chair of council, said: “It is heart-breaking and difficult to comprehend the harrowing situation unfolding in Ukraine, with reports of Russian Government hostility towards both Ukrainian military and civilians. The principle of medical neutrality is fundamental to international humanitarian law and must be respected. Therefore, the BMA is calling on the Russian Government to acknowledge the role that doctors and the wider health service plays within Ukraine, and to stand by the moral obligation to ensure that the medical workforce can freely continue to care for patients, and save lives, without threat of violence or interruption.

“We express explicit solidarity with the people of Ukraine and appeal for an end to the invasion and attacks. As we closely monitor the situation, we would also urge the UK Government to offer necessary humanitarian aid and support to those fleeing the conflict. The Association’s wellbeing support services1 and workplace support services2 are available for UK-based doctors or medical students who are affected by the unfolding crisis.”

Notes to editors

The BMA is a professional association and trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.

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