NHS team preparing to help wounded victims in Gaza

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Britain is preparing to send a team of medical experts from the NHS to aid wounded victims in Gaza.

Downing Street said staff would be flown to the region within 48 hours to help those caught in the middle of the crisis. This announcement came soon after fighting re-commenced between Hamas and Israeli forces after the three-day humanitarian ceasefire ended.

David Cameron said the conflict has taken a terrible toll on those in the area. He added that the UK has been leading humanitarian efforts to aid those who have been affected and is doing the right thing by offering more help.

The Government activated its International Emergency Trauma Register to make up a team of doctors, surgeons, nurses, paramedics and anaesthetists with specialities in plastic surgery, orthopaedic trauma surgery and emergency medicine.

The team will initially be based with Medical Aid for Palestinians at Al Mokassed Hospital in East Jerusalem. Once they are able to gain access to Gaza, they intend moving their operation into the enclave.

The main objective of the team is to treat people in the area, but they will also look at helping those, especially the children, who are in need of complex treatments which are not available locally.

The team is being funded by UK aid through the Department for International Development and deployment of the team will be done via the UK International Emergency Trauma Register. The register was implemented by Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, during December 2012 and offers British medical experts the opportunity to offer humanitarian assistance during overseas disasters. The most recent deployment of teams was to the Philippines during Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

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