Controversial plans for Saudi Arabia to buy specialist NHS training for doctors ‘compromises Britain’s commitment to human rights’

Specialist medical refrigerators – perfect for care at home and care homes

Please read our Legal Terms & Policies Trade Unions Plans for Saudi Arabia to buy specialist NHS training places for its doctors compromises Britain’s commitment to human rights, doctors have said. In a controversial deal with the UK, the Saudi Ministry of Health will send 20 Saudi doctors for specialist training in the NHS from August this year paid for the by the Saudi government, which has been accused of widespread human rights abuses. In a pilot of a scheme which could see several other foreign governments paying the health service to train their doctors, Saudi doctors will train in specialities such as emergency medicine and opthalmoolgy, which are in high demand in the Gulf state. But doctors meeting at the British Medical Association’s annual conference expressed serious concerns about the scheme yesterday, amid fears it could be seen as an NHS endorsement of Saudi Arabia’s appalling human rights record. Dr Farah Jameel, a GP registrar and chair of the BMA South Thames junior doctor committee, urged delegates not to let foreign monies meddle with British values, human rights and patient safety. Other countries that have expressed an interest in the scheme include China, Libya, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, Dr Jameel said, with hundreds of trainee doctors potentially taking part. Access to training places is currently not available to countries not in the European Economic Area (EEA). Upon completion of training, foreign doctors will have to return to their home countries. The BMA said it was also concerned UK doctors would lose out on specialist training. It is inevitable that trainess that are paying for their training will be seen as special, Dr Jameel warned. Any special treatment will inevitably come at a cost to UK trainees, who will lose out on their training jobs, on their lists in theatre or their consultant time…Let us send a loud and clear message: our training is not for sale. Delegates voted for the needs of patients and UK-based doctors in training to be prioritised above political and monetary aspirations. The Saudi government has been accused of arrested peaceful dissidents, has responded to political demonstrations with force and fails to protect the rights of either women or its expanding population of foreign workers, Human Rights Watch said. Dr Jameel reminded delegates of reports in April that a Saudi judge had sentenced a man to paralysis from the waist down, for stabbing a man and causing his paralysis. The Saudi government later said the judge had decided to dismiss demands for such a sentence. Saudi Arabia is embarking on a major expansion of its health service and has high demands on its medical workforce. Any financial rewards gained by the arrangement will be received by the NHS organisations involved in postgraduate medical education and training in the UK, where they can be reinvested into patient care, according to the DoH, and all foreign applicants for training would have to meet the same entry requirements as UK and EEA trainees. Go Special report: How my father’s face turned up in Robert Capa’s lost suitcase The great war photographer was not one person but two.

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Many patients who receive care at home or within care homes depend on vital medicines and drugs that need secure and safe storage in specialist medical refrigerators that provide strict temperature control. In such cases, domestic fridges are totally inadequate. Not only do they raise serious issues of safety and security, if the drugs are spoilt, the resulting wastage would prove expensive at best, but lethal at worst. Instead, specialist medical fridges such as Lec Medicals PE109c countertop fridge are especially designed for care at home and smaller care homes. Compact in size and with the option of a wall-mounting bracket and reversible door, such fridges boast a wealth of safety and security features that are unavailable on domestic equipment. These medical fridges are designed to maintain an internal temperature between +2 C and +8C, which is an optimum temperature range for storing controlled drugs and medicines. Quality fridges such as Lec Medicals also incorporate an integral digital controller complete with an external LED digital temperature display. Not only does this make it easier for the user to monitor the internal temperature without having to open the door, it helps prevent unnecessary temperature fluctuations within the fridge. To further eliminate temperature variations and to help speed up temperature recovery after the door has been opened, medical fridges are also fan-assisted in order to aid the flow of cool air around the fridge. Likewise, good quality medical fridges also come with a variety of alarms, including audible and visual warnings for high and low temperatures. These help by providing an alert as soon as the temperature begins to go too high or too low, so that immediate action may be taken to rectify the problem and prevent damage to the contents. Unlike most other medical fridges, Lec Medicals care at home unit also boasts reduced running costs courtesy of an environment-friendly R600a refrigerant cooling system that delivers greater energy efficiency. Restricting unauthorised access is also crucial as even the safest of drugs can be dangerous when they fall in the wrong hands.

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