Dr. Claire Peters flees her unfaithful husband, James, to work for The World Health Organisation in post-war Kosovo. Her husband follows, hoping for reconciliation.
Both take lovers, she a French Captain in KFOR (Kosovo Force), part of UNMIK (United Nations Mission in Kosovo) he a beautiful Kosovar, wife of a senior member of the KLA (Kosova Liberation Army), catapulting both into a mix of Kosovo politics and criminality.
Intimidation and murder in the mountains and then threats on the life of Claire climax in the capital, Pristina.
This book is a novel. It is a love story and a mystery. All the characters are fictitious but the description of war-torn Kosovo as seen through their eyes and the background to the events described are true.
Robert Hedley was recruited by the World Health Organisation as a consultant on medical education and health service development in 2000. For ten years before the war, Albanian Kosovars were treated as second-class citizens, encouraged to emigrate, denied access to the University for Law, Medicine and other careers. In Medicine a ‘Parallel System’ was established where Albanian Kosovar students were taught Medicine in private houses with no access to the University Medical School.
WHO fast-tracked a new medical education system, upgrading the training of Kosovar doctors, including medical education techniques to train future doctors, using experienced doctors from across Europe and other parts of the world. A new system of Primary Care was developed with a new curriculum for Family Doctors as well as a new curriculum for some Secondary Care Specialists at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Eventually, several years later, The Royal College of General Practitioners in London recognised the postgraduate training and examination for Family Doctors in Kosovo as equivalent to the diploma of MRCGP INTERNATIONAL.
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About the Author
Robert Hedley qualified in Medicine at Edinburgh University in 1962 and worked as a Family Doctor in Derbyshire and Medical Educationalist at Nottingham University Medical School. Before retirement from the NHS in 1999, he was Regional Director of Postgraduate General Practice Education for Trent Region of the NHS Executive.
From 1999 to 2007 he worked abroad as a consultant in medical education and health service development in Malaysia, China and South East Europe, working for five years in post-war Kosovo, initially for the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Now, retired from medical work, he runs a small farming estate with his wife and son.
With thanks to Michael Terence Publishing
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