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Medics join disaster response

Doctors, nurses and other medical staff will be able to join the British response to overseas emergencies such as tsunamis, earthquakes and floods. The government is aiming to register more than 400 medical staff by 2014.

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'Goodwill of UK healthcare' to benefit those most in need

The UK's International Emergency Trauma Register was set up by medical charity UK Med.

A destroyed cathedral seen in Port-au-Prince in the aftermath of an earthquake in 2010 Credit: Reuters

Professor Tony Redmond of UK Med said:

"The register is a major step forwards in harnessing the skills and goodwill of UK healthcare workers and bringing them to the immediate benefit of those most in need.

"Although not its primary purpose, the experience gained in both training and deployment overseas can only reinforce our response to disasters here at home."

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