||<p>The Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to advise against all travel to Gaza
(including the waters off Gaza) and we are not able to support individuals applying
for entry or exit permits for Gaza. The Government recognises the need for major international
organisations to carry out humanitarian and reconstruction work on the ground in Gaza.
Medical staff should co-ordinate their entry to and exit from Gaza with those organisations.
Israeli restrictions severely restrict the movement of medical professionals and patients
in Gaza, hampering the provision of quality health services, as well as the pursuit
of studies, continuing education and specialized training for medical professionals.
Our Embassy in Israel regularly raises the matter of medical permits with the Israeli
authorities.</p><p>We regularly raise issues relating to medical facilities and personnel
with the Israeli authorities. We have stressed the need for safe and unimpeded passage
for medical personnel. In particular we raise our concerns about medical facilities
in Gaza, and medical permits, with the office for the Coordination of Government Activities
in the Territories (COGAT). Our Ambassador to Israel discussed Gaza with COGAT on
17 September. Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv raised our concerns about the
targeting of health workers with COGAT on 23 August.</p><p> </p>