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Gulf War

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health professionals have been deployed to the Gulf; and from which NHS hospital trusts. [106635]

As at 31 March 2003, 713 regular medical personnel serving in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) hospital units have been deployed to the Gulf region in support of military action against Iraq. These MOD hospital units are located within National Health Service hospitals at Portsmouth, Plymouth, South Tees, Frimley Park and Peterborough as well as the Royal College for Defence Medicine at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust. In addition, some 760 medical reservists, some of whom would be NHS staff, had also been similarly deployed.Deployments from the MOD hospital units are as follows:

MOD HospitalsNumber
Royal Hospital Haslar (Portsmouth Hospitals)273
Peterborough MDHU69
Derriford MDHU (Plymouth Hospitals)102
Northallerton MDHU (South Tees)91
Frimley Park MDHU114
Royal College for Defence Medicine: (University Hospital, Birmingham)64
The Department is in the process of collating figures for reservists, including health professionals working in NHS trusts who have deployed to the Gulf as part of our ongoing work with MOD to ensure that the impact on the NHS of these deployments is kept to a minimum.