False Reports of UN Ordering Medical Personnel to Leave Haiti Field Hospital

In response to troubling reports that the UN ordered doctors to leave a field hospital in Haiti (including a front page feature on CNN.com), here’s an official statement Dispatch just received:

“We have seen the disturbing reports about the UN ordering medical personnel to leave a field hospital in Port au Prince.  We have checked with the United Nations Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and they have confirmed that at no time did they order any medical team to leave their work sites in PaP.  If any medical personnel evacuated it was at the request of their own organization.  The doctors have returned to the hospital this morning. MINUSTAH will brief the press at 11h00.”