College statement on the war in Ukraine

10 Mar 2022

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow unequivocally condemns the war in Ukraine and the targeting of civilian infrastructure which has now displaced over two million people.

Today our College buildings in Glasgow have been illuminated in yellow and blue to show our support for, and solidarity with, the people of Ukraine.  As a global community of medical professionals, we abhor the loss of life and humanitarian crises in all conflict areas across the world and particularly at this time in Ukraine.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow unequivocally condemns the war in Ukraine and the targeting of civilian infrastructure which has now displaced over two million people.

College President, Mr Mike McKirdy said:

“My thoughts are with all people affected in Ukraine and in particular our fellow healthcare professionals working there treating casualties and civilians, in desperate circumstances, often putting themselves at risk. It is appalling to learn that the WHO have confirmed 18 attacks on healthcare facilities since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.”

Our College is joining the UK Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in encouraging our members and the wider medical community to consider supporting the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal if they are able to do so. Funds raised through this appeal will, amongst other things, support hospitals and healthcare facilities in Ukraine.

We welcome and fully support the announcements from UK and Scottish Governments to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine, including the urgent provision of medical equipment, supplies and drugs. We also call on all governments to do whatever they can to assist the refugees fleeing the conflict and to work to bring this unnecessary war to an end.


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