World Medical Association successfully passes BMA resolution calling for a sustainable ceasefire in Israel and Gaza

By BMA media team.

Location: UK
Published: Wednesday 24 April 2024
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Responding to the BMA proposed resolution, Dr Latifa Patel, representative body chair at the BMA, said: “I'm proud to see that the BMA proposal calling for a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza has passed at the World Medical Association Council meeting in Seoul.

"The sheer scale of suffering has been incredibly painful to witness as the continued imprisonment of hostages, the unbearable suffering and deaths of over 30,000 innocent civilians, especially children, and the devastation of the healthcare system has only exacerbated this worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

"We want to extend our thanks to all members of the WMA, who voted in favour of our resolution for a ceasefire. The WMA has sent a powerful message on behalf of doctors across the world about the duty to uphold the principles of medical neutrality, human rights and humanitarian values. 

"We want to see an immediate end to this conflict and humanitarian crisis, the safe return of all hostages and the protection of civilians. We stand in solidarity with our healthcare colleagues who continue to care for their patients in the most difficult of circumstances."

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