Hospital Management of Voluntary Total Fasting Among Political Prisoners
Lancet. 1991 Mar 16; 337(8742): 660-662.
In 1989 20 political detainees, held without trial for up to 32 months, were admitted, on hunger strike, to the Johannesburg Hospital, South Africa. Most were held under the regulations of the State of Emergency (since revoked) and 5 were held incommunicado under section 29 of the Internal Security Act (still in force). Guidelines for ethical management were based on the Declaration of Tokyo, which included the understanding that such detention constituted mental torture. Conditions of detentions in hospital were complicated by police interference in medical and nursing care, and by the chaining of some prisoners to their beds. Doctors are in a unique position to protest against inhuman treatment of prisoners, and should use this authority.
Confidentiality; Decision Making; Dissent; Doctors; Ethics; Fasting; Food; Guidelines; Health; Health Care; Health Personnel; Hospitals; Human Rights; Law; Law Enforcement; Medical Ethics; Misconduct; Nursing Care; Patient Advocacy; Patient Care; Patient Participation; Patients; Patients' Rights; Physical Restraint; Physician Patient Relationship; Physician's Role; Political Activity; Prisoners; Psychological Stress; Public Hospitals; Rights; Strikes; Torture; Treatment Refusal; Trust;
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