New from Berman Institute faculty Nancy Kass and Len Rubenstein in JAMA Viewpoint: “Can Physicians Work in US Immigration Detention Facilities While Upholding Their Hippocratic Oath?”

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“The violence is directly connected to the inability to get the epidemic under control,” said our Leonard Rubenstein, “It’s an unrecognized problem, Anybody concerned with global health needs to … recognize what a threat this is to people all around the world and to us as well when epidemics can’t be stopped because of violence.”

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Our Len Rubenstein writes, ‘…3 years ago the UN Security Council adopted a resolution reaffirming long-held norms of respecting and protecting health care in conflict…Since then, governments have continually declared that such attacks are unacceptable, but their conduct shows instead that the attacks have become accepted

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The annual figures, produced by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition chaired by our Len Rubenstein and presented to members of the Security Council, show that hospitals have been subjected to airstrikes, clinics have been torched and patients assaulted. In total there were 951 attacks on health facilities in 23 countries

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Paul B Spiegel and our Leonard Rubenstein reflect on issues raised in their work as commissioners for the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health which has just released a report

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“This is a global problem,” says our Len Rubenstein. “We know the impact is quite staggering, especially in areas as insecure as Nigeria. Health workers and organizations that support them are hesitant to go in. The inability to provide security for people ends up depriving the entire population of health care.”

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“The allegiance of a health provider is really irrelevant if they’re providing health care,” our Leonard Rubenstein comments, “A doctor or a nurse is ethically supposed to provide care for everyone.”

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Vaguely worded laws worldwide have increasingly put doctors at risk of legal reprisal for doing their jobs, with comments from our Len Rubenstein

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