Switzerland: Hospital suspends Libyan program
Can a hospital refuse to treat patients just because of their government’s actions?
A Swiss hospital suspended a project treating rich private patients from Arab lands on Tuesday in reaction to the confirmation of the death sentences of five Bulgarian
nurses in Libya.
Manager Andreas Gattiker of the regional hospital of Wetzikon said in a radio interview that he doesn’t understand how nurses can be responsible for an HIV infection. The five Bulgarian nurses, together with a Palestinian doctor, were sentenced to death for knowingly infecting children with HIV. During the trial experts have declared that AIDS was around in the Benghazi hospital before the foreigners came to work.
Source: Standaard (Dutch)
I think this protest by the Swiss is valid and ethical. There are other places in the world that Arab patients can – and do – go for treatment.
If other EU countries were to follow Switzerland’s lead, there would soon be enough pressure exerted upon Ghaddafi by other Muslim countries to make him let nurses go.
In any conflict, one must find the leverage which will move an intransigent, cyncial and amoral antagonist.
Well done, Switzerland!