Sunday, June 13, 2004

Abuse of Medical Records at Guantanamo;
No Question About the Medical Ethics Involved

The WaPo published an article on the abuse of medical records at Guantanamo. 

Detainees' Medical Files Shared
Guantanamo Interrogators' Access Criticized

By Peter Slevin and Joe Stephens
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, June 10, 2004; Page A01

Military interrogators at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been given access to the medical records of individual prisoners, a breach of patient confidentiality that ethicists describe as a violation of international medical standards designed to protect captives from inhumane treatment.

The files, which contain individual medical histories and other personal information about prisoners, have been made available to interrogators despite continued objections from the International Committee of the Red Cross, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Post. After discovering the practice in mid-2003, the Red Cross refused to send medical monitoring teams to the facility for more than six months, sources said. [...]

This was commented upon by few bloggers.  Bete, at  Self-Indulgent Record of Idle Time,  copied the article to her blog without comment.  Based upon the context (the themes of adjacent posts) it appears that she is bothered by the report.  In contrast, Dr. Cori Dauber, on Rantingprofs, is troubled by the fact that some people are offended by the report.  Similarly, Greg, on Gregnews,  states:

If these doctors get their way they may, one day, have many patients to see in the form of victims of another horrendous terror attack. Far be it for anyone to counter this sacrosanct opinion of these quoted doctors but I bet we could find some in the medical community, say those related to 9-11 victims or those not with their head up their arse, who would say this is “okay.”

Which view is "correct" ?   Read the rest at The Rest of the Story.