A patient (posed by a model) undergoes a digital x-ray in the recently opened Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital on February 7, 2011 in Birmingham, England. (GETTY/CHRISTOPHER FURLONG)
Why are the UK’s National Health Service employees undergoing counter-terrorism training? The government says healthcare professionals are key players in identifying those vulnerable to radicalisation. They are being trained to look for signs like “identity crisis”, “unemployment”, “rejection of UK foreign policy” and “mistrust of Western media” as indicators of vulnerability. But critics say this move is turning health workers into government informants.
In this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Dr. Adnan Siddiqui @AdnanRSiddiqui0
General practitioner, National Health Service
Sue Southern @WMPolice
Head, Counterterrorism Unit
Imran Awan @ImranELSS
Criminologist, Birmingham City University
Jahan Mahmood @jahanmahmood
Former university lecturer
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