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Rita Pal

Independent Medical Journalist. Former Psychiatrist and NHS Whistleblower

Dr Pal is an independent medical journalist based in the UK. Between 1999-2007, she worked as a psychiatrist in the National Health Service UK. In addition, Dr Pal has written for a number of publications around the world. Please visit the website . Editors and publishers are welcome to contact her via her website.

Dr Pal was also a well established, evidence-based NHS whistleblower. More information can be found on the website www.ritapal.info.

'The Voice of Stray Dogs' Subjected to Harassment

He operates a system that has rescued more than 3000 dogs in 2 years with 400+ permanent dogs under his care. VoSD offers the highest standard of service and is equipped with the latest technology so that stray dogs get the best possible care.
25/09/2014 13:16 BST

Was the Romanian Stray Dog Killing Law Based on False Information?

Romania's cruel government has been plagued with allegations of corruption and maladministration. It now finds itself accused of enacting a catastrophic killing law based on false information. International welfare organisation, Four Paws has uncovered evidence that reveals that a false claim may have led to the mass killing of innocent stray dogs.
11/09/2014 15:48 BST

The Whistleblower Reality Check.

The NHS cannot solely wait for ad hoc complaints/litigation from patients or whistleblowers to trigger improvements. An overhaul in the culture is required so raising concerns is part of the job description for every healthcare professional.
20/08/2014 17:13 BST

Cyclists on the Ark - Raising Funds for Animals in the Flood Hit Balkans.

These floods have made the already dire situation of some animals even more difficult. Stray animals appear to be affected more than other animals. People who had to be evacuated in a rush had to leave their pets and farm animals behind. With the infrastructure damaged and the economy severely affected, the situation was a catastrophic emergency...
27/06/2014 10:29 BST

Romanian Stray Dogs - Court of Appeal Suspends Execution Methodology of "Killing Law".

This court victory is a welcome ray of light for Romanian stray dogs. Four Paws should be congratulated for their brave challenge. Their journey has been difficult and fraught with repeated harassment from the authorities. Nevertheless, justice is being served. The bigger and more important question is this - will the Romanian authorities pay heed to this ruling, or will they merely conduct executions in secret?
24/06/2014 15:52 BST

Canine Cruelty In Craiova

The bitter winter of 2014 is passing and dogs have mysteriously disappeared leaving a river of blood and the evidence destroyed. Any tourist visiting should remember the haunting screams, the cries for help and the eventual cruel demise of these defenseless creatures. This is the dark secret of Craiova - The European Capital of Canine Cruelty.
06/02/2014 12:20 GMT

Mittal's Romanian Steel Plant Claimed Lives

Apart from the disastrous problems in 2006 that plagued the Romanian Steel Plant, there was another more mysterious issue that remains unsolved to date. Numerous stray dogs around the steel plant died in August 2007. Mittal's management remained tight-lipped about this incident.
16/12/2013 13:29 GMT

Canine Cruelty in Bosnia

On the 20th October 2013, shocking headlinesflashed through the media: "Animals were killed near the police station in Kalinovik and carcasses of animals killed were not removed even a few hours after the commission of the offense." This is just one of many horrific incidents reported by animal welfare groups throughout Bosnia.
24/10/2013 11:04 BST

The Drobeta-Turnu Severin Dog Executions

Drobeta-Turnu Severin, the capital city of Mehedinti county, stands on the banks of the Danube, close to the Iron Gate Gorge in south-western Romania. It has a long and illustrious history, dating back as far as the 2nd Century AD attracting ample tourism.
22/10/2013 11:49 BST

Mihailesti Shelter Neglect

Mihailesti Shelter, in Bucharest, Romania, is an animal sanctuary operated by the local government to house stray dogs, ostensibly while efforts are made to locate their owner, if they have one, or find them a forever home if they do not.
08/10/2013 12:35 BST

Four Paws Saves Mutilated Romanian Dog

I have written about the plight of stray dogs in Romania several times recently, in an attempt to turn the spotlight of publicity onto the darkest shadows of human cruelty towards our fellow creatures...
07/10/2013 12:51 BST

Romanian Stray Dogs : Cries From Ploieşti

Serious complaints have been made by the public. They are never addressed, there is a failure to respond, much less correct the problems complained of. The law appears to be side-stepped or ignored. Already poor conditions get worse while the fat cats turn a blind eye. The town's convenient façade hides a dark secret.
25/09/2013 13:38 BST