WMA leader warns about growing violence against physicians and healthcare
A warning about an increase in violence against physicians and a general disrespect for medical and health institutions in both civil and conflict situations has come from the Chair of the World Medical Association Dr. Ardis Hoven.
Dr. Hoven, who was addressing a Health Care in Danger side event at the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, said that the decreasing threshold for using violence in conflicts such as Syria and Turkey could also be observed in civil situations. Violence in health care was occurring on a daily basis across China and India, as well as in Europe and America, where patients or relatives were trying to sort out their problems with verbal or physical abuse.
The event in Geneva, organized by the Swiss and Canadian Governments, was held to mark the first anniversary of the Security Council resolution strongly condemning attacks on medical personnel in conflict situations.