British health workers support struggle against Zionist witch hunting of Australian doctors

Last month, the Health Workers Rank-and-File Committee (HWRFC) in Australia passed a resolution condemning the Zionist witch hunting and doxxing of doctors and other health workers who have spoken out against the Israeli military’s onslaught against the Palestinian population in Gaza.

A section of the health workers’ vigil for Gaza outside Westmead Hospital on November 24, 2023

The targeted medical workers, who have been falsely accused of antisemitism, include doctors, nurses, psychologists, midwives, optometrists, paramedics, pharmacists and physiotherapists, many of them women and with Middle Eastern names.

The HWRFC resolution followed a petition issued by the Australian Islamic Medical Association and Australian and New Zealand Doctors for Palestine. Addressed to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), the Medical Board of Australia and the Health Care Complaints Commission, it urges them to oppose these attempts to silence health workers opposing the Gaza genocide.

AHPRA, the country’s principal medical regulatory and discipline body, has not responded to the petition but admitted that there have been at least 59 complaints, many of them anonymous, with 39 individuals currently being “investigated.”

The HWRFC resolution resolved to defend all victimised medical practitioners, and called on workers, students and youth in Australia and internationally to send statements denouncing these bullying attacks and defending health workers’ rights to oppose the Gaza genocide.

The World Socialist Web Site is publishing below statements it received this week from the NHS Fightback group in Britain and from the convenor of the Pathology Workers Rank and File Safety Committee in Australia. We urge health workers, students and workers to support this campaign by emailing statements of support to the Health Workers Rank-and-File Committee here that we will publish in the coming days.

NHS Fightback in Britain

NHS Fightback [Photo: Facebook]

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