Minor medical drama this evening as one group member suffering from a recurrence of tonsilitis required prompt medical attention after a worrying rise in body temperature. Access to the local doctor was secured within 5 minutes via the hotel and the patient was rushed to the local GP surgery.

Not bad for a Sunday evening in a remote Cretan village.

Treatment was prescribed without charge and put the patient on a rapid road to recovery.

This level of medical service would be difficult, if not impossible, to secure in the UK under similar circumstances.

A triumph for the Greek Health Service…