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The British Medical Association, Medact, and the Medical Students International Network (MedSIN) launched a campaign last month ahead of the G7 summit in Japan to attempt to persuade world leaders to write off all debt owed by the world's poorest countries.
Medical students from around the country created their own unique form of political protest. People signed patient identification bracelets as a gesture of support for the campaign. Over 6000 bracelets were made and signed and the identification bracelets were presented to the British and Japanese governments before the summit. The BMA chairman, Dr Ian Bogle, and the Medact chairman, Dr Robin Stott, launched this campaign by cutting the chain of the thousands of interlinked patient identification bracelets outside the Japanese embassy last month.
The new campaign, “Debt relief: the best medicine for the world's poor,” urges health professionals to take part in an international world wide web action involving