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Medical Services

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Military Service Medical Corps and supporting nursing services. (94484)

[holding answer 17 October 2006]: I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the Defence Medical Services (DMS). Their two key outputs are medical support to deployed operations, and the provision of healthcare to the armed forces to ensure that the maximum possible numbers of armed forces personnel are fit for duty. The DMS will continue to deliver both outputs, working where appropriate with coalition partners, the NHS, private healthcare providers and the charity sector, enhancing the high level of service to military patients that we already provide.