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Armed Forces: Health Services

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 19 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will investigate the speed and level of recovery of injured service personnel when they are treated (a) alongside civilian patients and (b) within dedicated military hospital wards. (142295)

The treatment offered to Service personnel is based on their clinical needs. This applies to operational and non-operational casualties. All patients who require admission to hospital are treated in the most appropriate clinical environment according to their clinical need.

The MOD recognises that, under certain circumstances, the recovery of injured Service personnel can be assisted if they are treated alongside Service colleagues. That is why we have established a Military Managed Ward (MMW) at Selly Oak Hospital, the main receiving hospital for our operational casualties, where military patients can be grouped together when it is clinically appropriate to do so. Equally, however, in some cases their clinical condition will dictate that they be placed in a different location.

Injured service personnel requiring rehabilitation after hospital treatment can receive this in the Defence Medical Services' (DMS) own facilities, whether at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) or one of our Regional Rehabilitation Units (RRUs).