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‘The Last Rights’ latest novel from UK author Geoff Cook is published

Seventy-five years ago, a young girl witnesses the greatest robbery and criminal conspiracy of all time.
Now, she has to be silenced before the truth can be exposed.
April 1945
 – As the war in Europe draws to a chaotic and bloody finale with the days of the Third Reich numbered, a train filled with a cargo of Nazi gold sets off from Berlin, destined for a secret location in Bavaria. On board, a young Polish Jew is about to witness a chain of events leading to the greatest robbery and criminal conspiracy of all time.
October 2018 – After more than eighty years, a Lisbon bank is about to finally shut-down its safe deposit facility. The secrets and treasures locked away for decades will soon be revealed. Influential people in powerful positions have reason to be concerned.
Fusing the two events together are the recollections of a Holocaust survivor, Rita Krakowski, condemned as a Nazi collaborator and fugitive from justice. Memories are branded into her soul like the number on her forearm, revelations with far-reaching international political and financial implications. Powerful forces are mobilised. She must be found and silenced forever.
For private investigators Chas Broadhurst and René Marchal, what appears to be a straightforward assignment rapidly becomes a race against time to find the woman before it is too late and to expose a cover-up seventy years in the making.
 
About the Author:
A bio of the author is available via the link https://www.geoff-cook.com, via the Amazon Author’s page or on BookBub or Goodreads.
Excerpt from the Book:
‘The girl sits upright in a high-backed chair in front of the three men in their black uniforms and polished faces. They are very serious, with the same stern expressions she recalls Rabbi Zanvil adopted when she forgot the words to the fifteen steps of the Passover Seder; only the rabbi was scarier than these men.
This is the first time she has seen Commandant Dressler with his shirt collar done up and the iron cross at his throat. He lounges in a chair behind a table with several sheets of paper spread before him. He looks unconcerned but he is perspiring heavily, and even from where she is sitting she can detect the stench of fear she knows so well. Next to him sits the Helferin, who bows her head to the floor as one of the three men state she is charged with aiding and abetting the commandant, whatever that means. That must be why the woman forced her, arm behind her back, into the cellar last night, threatening another session with the hot iron if she did not cooperate. All the girl has to remember is that she has never seen the bracelet, never spoken of it to anyone nor has any idea what they are talking about. Say anything else and her life will not be worth living.
The man in the centre asks for her KZ number. Another female guard reads it out. The man is speaking again as he twirls the bracelet around between his fingers. Has she ever seen it before? She says she finds things from time to time in the lining of the garments she strips, things people have been hiding and which the reception guards have failed to locate. Can she see it, please, to be sure? She pretends to study it, but she is looking straight past it at the commandant. The sinews in his neck are taut. His shirt is drenched. This is her moment. He is suffering and she longs to let the suffering last forever.’

A truly international audience came to Berlin to debate the future of medical travel


A truly international audience came to Berlin to debate the future of medical travel

The IMTJ Medical Travel Summit 2019 , held in Berlin, Germany on December 1-3 2019, attracted delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and participants from throughout Europe and as far afield as Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, India, UAE, Mexico and USA. The Summit brought together key opinion leaders and senior executives involved in medical tourism and healthcare businesses across the world to discuss the future of this developing industry sector.

The Summit was co-hosted by TEMOS

The Summit addressed many of the issues that face the sector – the future of global healthcare, trends in healthcare and technology, destination development, and the patient experience. Sessions were dedicated to specific areas such as fertility travel, dental travel, and wellness tourism and important international patient markets including Russia and the CIS, and the Gulf. The closing highlight of the event, the Great Debate, conducted in Oxford Union style, considered whether “medical travel facilitators are an endangered species – arguments for and against.”

According to Keith Pollard, IMTJ Editor in Chief and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International:

“Without doubt, this year’s IMTJ Medical Travel Summit was the best so far. We welcomed back many regular attendees who view the Summit as the “must attend” event in their calendar. First timers were impressed by the quality of the content and the networking opportunities and will certainly be back for more next year.“

The event was made possible through the support of Medical Korea, Health Care Industries Cluster Berlin-Brandenburg Health Capital, Bagatin Clinic, Kvarner Health Croatia, Quironsalud, Sana Hospital Group, Gruppo San Donato, Curemart, Healthcare Markets International, European Patient Experience Innovation Congress, Malaysia Healthcare, Illes Balears, Western Union Business Solutions, Mayo Clinic Healthcare in partnership with Oxford University Clinic, Temos International, Clemenceau Medical Center, Health Tourism Albania, Thornbury Nursing Services, France Surgery, Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital, Costa Cálida – Región de Murcia, Helios International, Dünyagöz Hospitals Group, China Medical University Hospital.

For all media enquiries, including images of the Summit and interviews with Keith Pollard, please contact Sarah Ward: sarahward@imtj.com

About IMTJ

The International Medical Travel Journal provides insight into the medical travel and medical tourism sector. IMTJ was established in 2007 in response to the increasing interest in medical travel and medical tourism. It embraces many of the themes that challenge healthcare providers across the world – insurance, accreditation, marketing and promotion, quality, patient safety, levels of care and experience in treating international patients.

IMTJ is independent of the associations and special interest groups that have come aboard the medical tourism bandwagon. Our aim is to create a central focus for information, resources and opinion on medical travel for those involved in the industry, anywhere in the world.

The internationalisation of healthcare through medical travel is at the heart of IMTJ. Patients are becoming healthcare consumers and in many countries, patient choice is being extended to surgery and treatment provided by international hospitals and clinics. By sharing expertise, knowledge, and views about the health travel industry, IMTJ helps to ensure that patient expectations are met, and that the industry maintains a high reputation.

LaingBuisson

The International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) is owned and managed by LaingBuisson International. The company also operates consumer facing portals for medical tourism – Treatment Abroad and Fertility Treatment Abroad.

LaingBuisson is a leading healthcare intelligence provider and has been serving clients for over 30 years with insights, data and analysis of market structures, policy and strategy across healthcare and social care. LaingBuisson is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK Government Office for National Statistics and works globally with providers, commissioners, payors, manufacturers, investors, regulators and advisors. LaingBuisson helps clients to understand their markets, make informed decisions and deliver better outcomes through market intelligence, consulting and data solutions.

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LAINGBUISSON AND TEMOS JOIN FORCES FOR THE IMTJ MEDICAL TRAVEL SUMMIT 2019

SIGN-POSTED-BGIndustry leading event heads for Berlin, April 28-30 2019 … bringing together key opinion leaders and senior executives to explore the future of the developing medical travel sector

The IMTJ Medical Travel Summit 2019 will take place in Berlin, Germany from April 28th to April 30th 2019 at the Seminaris Campushotel.

LaingBuisson, a UK based provider of market intelligence, consulting, data solutions and patient acquisition to international healthcare businesses has teamed up with Temos International, the only worldwide independent accreditation body focused on the quality of international patient management from the medical and non-clinical perspectives to widen the appeal of Summit and build on its past success.

Now in its fifth year, the Summit will bring together industry leaders to share their knowledge and experience and ensure the long-term development of this industry.
The event in Berlin combines four key elements:

• The IMTJ Medical Travel Summit brings together key opinion leaders and senior executives involved in medical travel and healthcare businesses across the world.
• The IMTJ Medical Travel Awards celebrate the success of the leading players in medical travel.
• The IMTJ – Temos Marketplace provides exhibitors with a great opportunity to meet new customers.
• B2B Meetings bring together buyers of medical travel and international patient services with providers and suppliers who are seeking new business opportunities and sources of patient referral.

The Summit will also host the 9th Annual Meeting and training session for Temos partners as well as the exclusive dinner for Temos accredited partners “by invitation only” hosted by the Diplomatic Council (DC)  and Temos International.

Earlybird rates are available now. Reduced rates are on offer for delegates from academic and research institutions.