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Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949.
Art. 2. Annex II : Draft regulations concerning collective relief
. -- A SPECIAL CASE : MEDICAL STORES
The principle governing the distribution of collective relief respects both the intentions of the donors and the plans drawn up by Internee Committees. A reservation is made here in respect of the distribution of medical stores, with a strong emphasis on preference for distribution in agreement with responsible medical men. The donors may, indeed, be mistaken with regard to the value of certain medicaments and the organization set up by the Internee Committees has everything to gain by scrupulous respect for medical advice. The doctors must therefore be allowed to allocate the medicaments to the best possible effect, i.e. to use them for those really in need. They must not, however, [p.642] continually favour certain patients and that is why mention is made of the need for the distribution to be carried out equitably.