The Irish Medical Association (IMA) has called for a moratorium on the use of biological warfare as a weapon, following the death of an Irish woman who died from the disease.
The Irish Medical Profession (IMP) has confirmed the deaths of a number of patients in the past year following use of bioweapons.
In a statement released to The Irish News today, the IMP said the use by doctors of biological weapons is a grave violation of the ethical standards set out by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Imperial College Dublin’s John O’Brien said the IMP’s position is that biological weapons should be avoided as soon as possible.
“We need a moratorium.
This is a problem with a long history in this country and the IMA’s position, in my view, is very clear.
The medical profession has a responsibility to learn, from its mistakes and to do what is necessary to minimise the harm.
It is clear that this is a huge undertaking and we need to do everything we can to minimiser the risk that this can happen in the future,” he said.
The IMP has already warned that the use and misuse of biological and chemical weapons is illegal under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and that countries such as India and Pakistan have used them.
ImplementationThe IMP said it had been contacted by representatives from the Department of Health and the Department, who agreed with its call to action.
“We are concerned by the continuing use of the biological weapon by our own healthcare workers in Ireland.
We need to find a solution to the problem, including the implementation of the recommendations of the World Health Organisation’s Scientific Committee on Biological Weapons (SCBW) in the context of our current regulatory framework,” the statement read.
“The IMP’s members are now seeking input from their respective government, as well as the Irish Government, in order to assess whether we need a further moratorium on use of these weapons.”
The statement also pointed out that there is currently no international agreement on bioweapon use as a means of warfare.
“The Irish Government has indicated that it is ready to take a more proactive role, as part of its international policy, in relation to this issue, but it has not yet indicated a willingness to take further action,” it said.
“While we recognise that the issue of biological weaponry is of global importance, and is of particular concern for the wellbeing of the Irish people, we have a duty to act in a responsible way to minimisise the risk to people and the environment.”
Dr O’Connell, who is chair of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland’s Strategic Policy and Ethics committee, said that Ireland has been a party to a number international conventions which set out ethical guidelines for the use, storage and handling of biological agents.
“I am aware of a few cases where Ireland has taken action to prohibit the use or possession of biological agent weapons.
I would hope that we are not only looking at the use as soon a problem is identified, but also looking at how the use is carried out,” he added.
“In the meantime, the medical profession in Ireland should ensure that it does not allow itself to become complicit in the use,” he warned.
“It is also important to emphasise that the IMP does not want to see this issue go away. “
What I would like to see is the Department provide a specific list of what countries have been found to be committing breaches of the law and that information to the IMP,” he explained.
“It is also important to emphasise that the IMP does not want to see this issue go away.
I think that this will be a difficult and difficult time for the profession and the Government in Ireland, and we will have to get to the bottom of it.”
“One of the reasons why I think we are in a different position now is because the international community has recognised the seriousness of the situation. “
There are currently six countries which have used biological agents as a weapons, and they have been declared war criminals, which is something that has happened before, with biological weapons,” he told The Irish Sun.
“One of the reasons why I think we are in a different position now is because the international community has recognised the seriousness of the situation.
I believe that this kind is a form of biological weapon, and I believe it is a violation of international law.””
But we have to remember that the international standards have never been applied to this kind of weapon.
I believe that this kind is a form of biological weapon, and I believe it is a violation of international law.”
In response to the moratorium call, Dr O’Leary said there are already a number proposals to ensure that any use of a biological weapon is in line with international standards.
“Anybody that has a medical use of any biological agent,