SPECIAL REPORT: Qatar ‘HIDES World Cup worker deaths’ as 2022 host nation’s reputation takes another hit with latest shocking revelations
- Qatar will host the World Cup between November 21 and December 18 next year.
- The treatment of migrant construction workers in Qatar has long been criticized
- The Gulf state has been affected by several reports of human rights abuses.
- Country accused of covering up the deaths of dozens of construction workers
Qatar is today accused of deliberately covering up the deaths of dozens of construction site workers by systematically moving their bodies and without giving doctors a voice on how they were killed.
A British medical professional from Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar’s NHS, described in detail to The Mail on Sunday how he was repeatedly called out to patients whose injuries were consistent with large falls or electrocution, but who were not near a construction site. or power source.
The doctor, whose name we are withholding for personal safety reasons, said he became suspicious when the Qatari police always seemed to be the first on the scene when he arrived.
Qatar’s International Labor Organization found that 50 migrant workers died last year alone
The locations, including the community futsal pitches or even the desert, did not match the severe crushing and ‘multiple trauma’ of patients (multiple injuries in the same area).
It is clear that some of the patients had been dead for days when the doctor was called in for an examination.
The source, who has now left Hamad, said: ‘It happened on a regular basis. The police always said, “It’s an assault, or heart failure, or a collapse” when it wasn’t. Everyone is listed as “cardiopulmonary failure”. We would have nothing to say about the cause of death.
The source’s testimony comes a week after The Mail on Sunday revealed the plight of migrant workers, a year away from the World Cup.
Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup between November 21 and December 18 of next year
Although the Qatari government has rejected our findings, the country’s own International Labor Organization (ILO) admitted on Friday that deaths at construction sites were not being properly certified.
The ILO found that 50 migrant workers died and more than 500 were seriously injured in 2020. The ILO admitted: “The numbers could be higher.”
The Mail on Sunday source described being called by the police to what would become known as a “white” patient: the Hamad Medical Corporation code for someone who is “obviously dead.”
Overseen by the police, a medical unit would place the four wires of a Hamad Lifepak 15 cardiac monitor and defibrillator on the immigrant patient, to confirm that “life is extinguished.”
The state of the Gulf has been affected by accusations of abuse of the human rights of construction workers.
That confirmation would be recorded, printed, turned over to the police, and the doctors would leave.
The source said: ‘We couldn’t say that we thought something suspicious had happened. We couldn’t even ignore what we call the mechanism of injury. ‘
The doctor said he had been asked to examine a patient at the Lusail Stadium, where the World Cup final will take place.
He said: ‘I got a call to Lusail, but the times they called me to the stadiums were rare. I don’t think they wanted an English or a white person there. ‘
Organizers of the 2022 World Cup have repeatedly refuted allegations of human rights abuses
Qatar’s ILO, which examined data collected from government-run trauma centers and ambulances, said investigations into the deaths of construction workers were inadequate, with “gaps” in information on the causes of injuries. death.
Amnesty International found that phrases such as “natural causes”, “cardiac arrest” or “acute respiratory failure” were used on death certificates. Dr David Bailey, a leading pathologist and WHO member, told Amnesty: “Basically everyone eventually dies from respiratory or heart failure.”
A Qatari government spokesman said last night: ‘There is no evidence to support these allegations. Investigations into workplace incidents or deaths in Qatar are taken very seriously.
“Medical professionals, police and other first responders follow very specific protocols and document their findings.”