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 医療器具がどこから来ているかについての調査をNHSに求めるキャンペーンが始まった。英国医師会BMAは公正な貿易や倫理性を持ったキットの使用を求めている。
 外科器具の少なくとも1/5が北パキスタンで製造され、そこでは年少者労働がよく行われている。こうした器具の採用は受け入れがたいと大臣は述べ、BMAと協同して対処するという。
 BMAはNHSに対して、公正な支払いを保証し、途上国の労働者の労働条件を改善するために、購入時の慣行を変更するように希望する。
 BMAの383人の医師に対する調査では、8割の医師は倫理的に正当な器具を購入することを支持するが、そうした機器に気づいているのは1割に過ぎない。
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Page last updated at 01:37 GMT, Saturday, 27 February 2010
NHS urged to buy Fairtrade and ethically-sourced kit
A new campaign has been launched to put pressure on the NHS to examine where its medical instruments come from.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8540212.stm

画像Medical equipment in operating theatre
The BMA is hoping its campaign will raise awareness among NHS staff

The British Medical Association (BMA) wants more Fairtrade and ethically-sourced kit to be used.

It says at least a fifth of surgical instruments are made in northern Pakistan, where child labour is common.

Ministers said "exploitation of any kind was unacceptable" and the Department of Health was working with the BMA to develop practical guidance.

The BMA is hoping NHS staff will support the campaign - Fair Medical Trade - and push for a change in buying habits to ensure fairer pay and better working conditions for producers in developing countries.

'Risking lives'

The campaign says many surgical instruments are made in Pakistan where workers work in dangerous sweatshop conditions.

It says there is also evidence of child labour, with some workers as young as seven.


There is also evidence that children as young as seven are risking their lives to supply us with equipment to save British lives
Dr Mahmood Bhutta

The campaign follows a BMA survey of 383 doctors which suggested while eight in 10 doctors were supportive of the NHS purchasing ethically-sourced goods, only one in 10 was aware of such equipment.

Dr Mahmood Bhutta, a surgeon and adviser on the BMA's Medical Fair and Ethical Trade Group, said more needed to be done to raise awareness.

"Some of the workers in the developing world making medical supplies bound for the NHS are exposed to hazardous working conditions where they risk serious injury and even death," he said.

"There is also evidence that children as young as seven are risking their lives to supply us with equipment to save British lives."

The BMA has launched a new website, www.fairmedtrade.org.uk ,which provides information on the ethical procurement of medical supplies and how doctors can get involved.

The Organic Medical Clothing Company already sells Fairtrade textiles, such as bed linen and cotton gauze, to the NHS.

Spokesman Nik Powell said it helped farmers in developing countries provide freshwater wells, schools and healthcare.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: "We welcome the BMA's initiative to raise awareness of ethical trade issues across the medical profession.

"We are working hard with procurers to make sure they seek assurance and evidence that international labour standards are being maintained."

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Fair Medical Trade
http://www.fairmedtrade.org.uk/

Fair Medical Trade

Just as consumers are demanding to know how the tea, coffee and bananas they buy are grown, the UK health service is starting to examine how the equipment used in our hospitals is made. There is evidence to suggest that many supplies used in the NHS are produced in unhealthy, unsafe and unfair working conditions.

Workers in the developing world often are poorly paid and are exposed to hazardous conditions where they risk serious injury and even death.

Many surgical instruments, for example, are made in Pakistan where workers work twelve hours a day, seven days a week. Some suffer serious injuries due to poor standards of health and safety. There is also a use of child labour, with some workers as young as seven. It seems perverse that labourers around the world are risking their lives to supply us with equipment to save British lives.

Ensure that you and your NHS organisation insist upon fair and ethical trade in the procurement of goods and services.

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