A private clinic on Stiglmaierplatz in Munich refused to treat Russians and Belarusians because of Putin’s aggression against Ukraine. It is now apologizing for this. As stated, the decision “was not fully thought through”.
This was not about discriminating against Russian and Belarusian citizens
Following a wave of outrage over its decision to stop treating Russian and Belarusian citizens in the wake of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, a private clinic in Munich has published an apology. The reaction to the declaration “has greatly affected those responsible and caused them to reflect,” reads a new statement issued by the clinic.
“We fully accept the criticism,” it wrote. At the same time, it clarified that the goal was not to discriminate against people of a particular background.
In a notice posted in the building, the clinic said it would no longer treat citizens of Russia and Belarus. “We strongly condemn the Russian military invasion conducted with the support of the Belarusian government,” – the statement said.
The Munich clinic wanted to join the sanctions against Russia and Belarus
In fact, it was to “express sympathy for the Ukrainian people.” By excluding Russian and Belarusian patients, it wanted to follow the example of other companies that have cut business cooperation with Russia. The idea was to show solidarity with Ukraine, but it was not a fully thought-out action, as the clinic admitted. Instead, the facility just donated 10,000 euros to the international NGO Doctors Without Borders, which is currently bringing aid to Ukraine.