Reports suggest that 49 people have died and at least 20 were wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch. New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern said the incident was among the country's 'darkest days'.
BMA chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: 'We are shocked and saddened to wake to the news of this atrocity, in which so many people lost their lives.
'We send our thoughts and condolences to the victims and their loved ones, and solidarity to our friends at the New Zealand Medical Association and healthcare professionals working tirelessly on the front line treating the wounded and those traumatised by this horrific attack.
No place for hatred
'Hatred and extremism have no place in this world, and doctors across the globe continue to play a vital role in bringing communities together and breaking down boundaries.'
Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt - now foreign secretary - said on Twitter that 'our hearts go out to the people of New Zealand following the news of this terrible act'.
Our hearts go out to the people of New Zealand following the news of this terrible act in Christchurch. NZ is one of the most peaceful, peace-loving and generous nations in the world. Your friends in the UK stand with you today in deepest sympathy.— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) March 15, 2019