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Medical Support in Romania – Cambridge based medical charity

Wednesday 16th September 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm


 ‘Medical Support in Romania’ is a Cambridge-based medical charity engaged in improving health care in Romania through the involvement of hundreds of NHS staff primarily from the UK, but also beyond.  Since 1991, 239 medical, specialist and hospital personnel have made 425 visits to Romania with MSR.   This includes 167 visits by 83 Addenbrooke’s Hospital staff.  Since 2008, MSR has been “in partnership” with “Addenbrooke’s Abroad”.  There are no salaried employees.   MSR has a narrow-focus, wide-impact strategy and seeks to fulfil its aims with a focus on Zalau County Emergency Hospital as the Romanian partner. Please book through Eventbrite

Speaker Patrick Colquhoun is not a medic himself and the talk is intended for those without medical training.  He will explain;

  • How and why it all started
  • How their strategy was developed
  • Why they focused on Zalau Hospital

The main Projects – the Laboratory, Radiology, Sterile Services, Laundry, Mortuary, Ophthalmology & many more

The ‘Exit Strategy’, the Patient Representative Service, as it is wrong to take aid for ever.

Patrick stresses (modestly, we suspect) that it was not he, but others who played the key roles in developing the whole work.

To read more about ‘Medical Support in Romania’ click here

There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion after Patrick’s talk.

Questions or comments should be submitted as follows:-

  • participants joining via ‘Zoom’ should submit their questions by typing them into the ‘Zoom Chat’ window, and
  • those joining via telephone, by e-mail to:- library@gmail.com

Notes on the Speaker – Patrick Colquhoun, MA MBE:

At Oxford, Patrick studied PPE, but (he says) spent most of his time rowing!   One of his special PPE subjects was the Soviet Constitution, which first got him interested in the communist world.

From 1961 Patrick worked with a charity now called “Initiatives of Change” which the Soviets did not allow in any part of the world that they controlled, as they regarded it as dangerous!  This further increased his interest in all that went on behind the Iron Curtain.   During this time, he met some remarkable people from Eastern Europe, including King Mihai of Romania.

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Wednesday 16th September 2020
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Event Category:


Online Event


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