In a letter to the nurses of Gaza and of Israel, Dr Peter Carter, general secretary, said nurses in the region were continuing to maintain the highest standards of professionalism by putting patient care first, regardless of the nationality or religion of patients.
Reports from the WHO say Gaza’s hospitals are working over capacity with shortages of intensive care beds, operating theatre and medical supplies.
‘In the midst of the bombings, rocket attacks and the fighting nurses in Israel and Gaza are working round-the-clock shifts to treat the wounded and tend the dying. By doing so, you have shown yourselves to be a credit to your communities and to your profession. Regardless of which side of the border you stand, you have also demonstrated that founding principle and core value of nursing – “first do no harm,”’ the letter says.