BMA ‘horrified’ at reports of air strike on children’s hospital in Ukraine

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: UK
Last reviewed: 9 March 2022
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Responding to reports of an air strike on a children’s hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine, Dr David Wrigley, BMA council deputy chair, said:

“We are horrified to see the reports and distressing images coming from Mariupol this afternoon.

“The BMA once again condemns the invasion, calls for an end to the hostilities and demands in no uncertain terms that Russian forces respect medical neutrality. Combatants must ensure that people are able to receive medical aid, and that healthcare workers can continue to provide treatment, free from the threat of violence.

“While many details remain unconfirmed, any deliberate targeting of patients, medical staff and healthcare facilities is in contravention of international humanitarian law.”

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