Easter’s mission of surgeon British MP to Palestine

This MP, Philippa Whitford, volunteered in Palestine during first intifada

During her Easter holidays, British MP Philippa Whitford worked to save the lives of Palestinians in Palestinian territories under aggressive Israeli occupation.

MP PHILLIPA Whitford swapped parliament for Palestine and used her skills as a breast cancer surgeon to help those who do not have access to basic treatment

During her Easter holidays, British MP Philippa Whitford worked to save the lives of Palestinians in Palestinian territories under aggressive Israeli occupation.

Breast cancer surgeon Whitford, the Scottish National Party (SNP) MP for Central Ayrshire, spent her parliamentary break working in Gaza City and Jerusalem.

She travelled to the occupied West Bank, with charity Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), to surgery on four women suffering from breast cancer, and visited the Gaza Strip to advise local hospitals on how to improve health care.

Her trip included a visit to Al-Ahli hospital in the Gaza City, where she volunteered in the 1990s during the first intifada.

Whitford said to Daily Record: “I met with the charity I work with through being in Parliament. “They arranged the visit and I spent four to five days in Jerusalem and four to five in Gaza.”

She continued speaking to Daily Record: “In Jerusalem, I did a clinic, I was operating and I was running lectures and workshops.

Philippa Whitford with Palestinian doctors in Gaza
Philippa Whitford with Palestinian doctors in Gaza

“Then in Gaza, we visited clinics and facilities looking at the difficulties breast cancer patients have in accessing what we would consider standard treatments due to the blockade.”

She added: “I was doing a lot of teaching in Gaza because the Palestinians do not get out to go to many doctors’ conferences.

“I am also producing a report for MAP to consider how they can help women with breast cancer access better treatment in the area.”

She added the trip would help inform her future decisions on international issues at Westminster.

(Source / 10.04.2016)

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