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Armed Forces: Health Services

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what ring-fenced capacity in each speciality his Department requested from the Department of Health in each year since 2001; and what the cost of this capacity was. (132629)

There is no ‘ring fenced’ capacity but the MOD has negotiated accelerated access to hospital assessment and treatment from the five Ministry of Defence Hospital Units (MDHU) host trusts and the University Hospital Birmingham Foundation Trust (UHBFT). The cost of this delivery in 2006-07 was just under £30 million.

The historic figures for the MDHU spend on accelerated access are as follows:

£ million

2001-02

22.4

2002-03

23.7

2003-04

25.1

2004-05

26.8

2005-06

27.5

2006-07

29.8

Furthermore, MOD and the Department of Health have agreed an integrated plan for reception arrangements for military patients (RAMP), to manage the reception of injured military personnel in NHS hospitals. This covers the reporting of patients, their medical reception, movement, tracking, care and administration within the NHS.

The military managed ward (MMW) located in the orthopaedic/trauma ward in Selly Oak hospital (part of UHBFT) provides clinical care, by a combined team of military and civilian personnel, for military patients whose clinical condition allows for them to be nursed in this ward.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian medical personnel assisted in the provision of medical support on military operations overseas in each year since 2001, broken down by operation. (132851)

The number of individual civilian medical personnel who have been employed on operations overseas in each calendar year is shown in the following table:

Operation:

Oculus—Balkans

Telic—Iraq

2001

2002

2003

1

2004

4

6

2005

1

11

2006

21