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UK Ambassador: We await formal request regarding ways to help in Colectiv case

The Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Bucharest, Paul Brummell (photo R), has stated on Friday that a formal request is expected from Romania regarding the way in which the persons suffering burns in the Colectiv club fire can be helped.

He mentioned in a press conference that, as a response to the tragedy in Romania, the national healthcare services of Great Britain have checked the availability of beds, given that a system to monitor bed availability for burn victims exists, a great desire existing on behalf of British doctors to offer support to Romania and that a formal request is expected from our country.

The ambassador also desired to send his condolences to all those affected by the Colectiv club tragedy, stating his belief that it is a very difficult moment for every Romanian and emphasizing that the United Kingdom stands beside Romania in this difficult moment.

He appreciated the fact that a British specialist that has a high degree of experience in burn surgery and treatment, dr. Sarah Pape, is in Bucharest these days. He also mentioned that the British Prime Minister mentioned in Parliament his delight in hearing of Dr. Pape’s visit, expressed his condolences and emphasized the intention of the United Kingdom to help.

In his turn, Romania’s Health Minister, Nicolae Banicioiu (photo L), mentioned that ever since the night of the tragedy, Romanian authorities were in contact with many countries to request aid.

Furthermore, he showed that even on the night of the fire, the transport aircraft were prepared to take the wounded and transfer them to hospitals abroad.

“The airplanes were flight ready since that night, airplanes that can ensure ventilation for intensive care patients,” said Banicioiu, according to Agerpres.

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