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Dr. Rösler to the rescue: Health Minister attends to fainting woman

The Local · 21 Jan 2011, 12:53

Published: 21 Jan 2011 12:53 GMT+01:00

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Shortly after Rösler concluded his speech at the FDP’s New Year reception in Wiesbaden, a woman of about 60 suffered a dizzy spell. The Health Minister, who is also a cardiothoracic surgeon, put his medical training to the test.

Rösler and his bodyguards rushed to her aid and carried her out of the event hall. After checking her pulse, the minister stayed by the woman’s side until paramedics arrived and took over.

Earlier, the Health Minister had made a “those who can’t, teach”-style quip, joking, “If you’re a good doctor, you don’t have to get into politics.”

In accordance with doctor-patient confidentiality, he did not comment on the incident.

After completing his high school exams (Abitur) in Hannover in 1992, Rösler started his medical training with the German armed forces, before continuing his studies at the medical university in Hannover and the Bundeswehr Hospital in Hamburg. In 2003, he left his position as a military surgeon to focus on his political career.

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In recent months he has been the target of fierce criticism over his part in sweeping reforms to Germany’s healthcare system.


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16:11 January 21, 2011 by catjones
What part of what he did would be considered 'doctor'?

A. carried her out

B. checking her pulse

C. stayed by the woman¦#39;s side

D. waiting for paramedics to arrive

E. none of the above
01:19 January 23, 2011 by teutonic-knight
I hope Germany get a German health minister
19:53 January 23, 2011 by tforeman
Sounds like the gentleman has taken lessons from the current occupant of the Oval Office, who used the "Someone has fainted in the first row, does anyone have any water?" routine at campaign speeches until it became so egregious that the tame press finally had to write about it.
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