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Volume 406: debated on Monday 9 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) medical treatment and (b) other work medical reservists stationed in Iraq have carried out in the last month; and if he will make a statement. [115073]

From 1 to 30 May, medical reservists stationed in Iraq have performed a wide range of medical procedures ranging from the general treatment of minor cuts through to major surgical intervention following the traumatic amputation of a limb. The patient in this case was a 10-year-old Iraqi girl. It is not possible at this time to give details on specific treatments, however 202 (Volunteer) Field Hospital have undertaken 711 Primary Health Care treatments, 37 Theatre procedures and seen 1,123 patients in Accident and Emergency. During this time, medical reservists have also relocated an entire field hospital, facilitated visits from various agencies and have served with aeromedical evacuation teams throughout the evacuation chain.