EUSEM strongly condemns violence aimed at healthcare personnel and installations in Ukraine
The European Society for Emergency Medicine (EUSEM) is appalled by reports coming from Ukraine that healthcare workers are becoming targets in this armed conflict.
As a society that represents the interests of emergency medicine healthcare professionals across Europe, we believe that we have an obligation to speak out in opposition to such actions taking place against Emergency Medicine doctors, nurses and paramedics in Ukraine. We strongly condemn any and all violence aimed at healthcare personnel or healthcare installations.
Hospitals as well as healthcare workers during a time of conflict are protected under the First Geneva Convention. Failure to respect this convention can be considered a war crime.
EUSEM solemnly demands that all combatting forces in the Ukrainian theatre of conflict respect and provide protection for healthcare personnel and healthcare installations with immediate effect.