Minister praises Stoke Mandeville surgeon helping disaster-hit Philippines

Anthony Roberts (right) arrives in Cebu with the rest of the team
Anthony Roberts (right) arrives in Cebu with the rest of the team

A Stoke Mandeville Hospital surgeon has arrived in the Philippines to help with relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan.

Anthony Roberts is now travelling around the disaster zone as part of a team of 12 British medical staff sent by the Department for International Development.

Justine Greening

Justine Greening

Nearly 4,000 people have died as a result of the typhoon and many more are missing.

Mr Roberts said: “Having worked in various different conflicts and disasters, as a trauma plastic and burns surgeon one would expect to see injuries to skin and limbs which need advanced wound management and repair.

“As part of this team, I am able to bring these skills and along with my colleagues can support the local healthcare teams in providing this much needed assistance.”

Mr Roberts has more than 30 years’ experience and has worked as a medical officer in Lesotho, South Africa and Zimbabwe, was part of a disaster relief team to Azerbaijan and the earthquake relief team to Haiti in 2010.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening approved the deployment following a request from the Philippines Department of Health.

She said: “Anthony is an experienced humanitarian emergency response medic who will make a significant contribution to helping out in the aftermath of this terrible disaster.

“I am proud of the way he and his colleagues have flown out to save lives on the other side of the world.

“The Philippines Government asked Britain for urgent medical assistance and we responded by activating the UK’s International Emergency Trauma Register.

“The 12-strong team of volunteer surgeons, doctors and paramedics - all experts in operating in emergency situations such as this – have now landed and are on their way to the parts of the Philippines where their expertise is needed most.”