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Seeking further information and support

Health professionals who encounter any of the above situations, and have concerns on how to act, can seek information and support from a variety of bodies, national and even international, who may be able to provide more specific guidance. If there are ethics bodies within the police, military or prison medical services, then this could be one avenue for support. Such bodies, however, may be unable to work impartially, or the health professional may feel that turning to these bodies could present a risk of personal security to him or herself or the patient. Other bodies the health professional could perhaps turn to include national medical associations, national human rights bodies, or, if these are not available, relevant international bodies, in particular the World Medical Association (WMA).