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Medical Staff (Gulf Deployment)

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many junior doctors in the reserve forces have been mobilised to provide medical support to operations in the Gulf and Iraq; of these, how many are in band three posts in the NHS and receiving compensation for the loss of income, including NHS band three payments; and if he will make a statement. [109323]

As at 14 April 2003,12 reservist junior doctors had been mobilisecl in support of military action against Iraq. Of these, 11 are receiving financial assistance for loss of civilian earnings in accordance with the provisions of the Reserve Forces Act 1996, and one is known to be employed in a NHS band three post.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many senior NHS consultants have been deployed to serve with TA medical services in field hospitals in the Gulf. [113897]

As at 15 May 2003, the number of NHS consultants deployed to the Gulf to serve with the TA medical services in field hospitals stands at 43.