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Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many medical personnel were hired by his Department under private contract to work in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq in each of the last three years; and what the cost of hiring such staff was; (176838)

(2) which private companies his Department uses to hire medical personnel for service in Iraq and Afghanistan;

(3) if he will break down by specialisation those medical personnel hired by his Department under private contract to work in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Defence Medical Services Department employs civilian medical locums to work at UK medical facilities on deployed operations through Frontier Medical (a division of Exploration Logistics Group plc).

The following table provides the total number of individuals who have been employed over the past three complete financial years and up to 15 December of this financial year. Not all of these individuals deployed at the same time. For example, during the financial year 2006-07, at any one time, up to two intensive therapy unit nurses and two emergency nurses were deployed as civilian locums in Iraq by the Defence Medical Services.

Financial year

Specialism

Operation

Number of individuals employed as civilian locums

Cost (£ million)

April 2004 to April 2005

Intensive Therapy Unit and Emergency Nurses

Telic (Iraq)

50

1

April 2005 to April 2006

Intensive Therapy Unit and Emergency Nurses

Telic (Iraq)

50

1.1

April 2006 to April 2007

Intensive Therapy Unit and Emergency Nurses

Telic (Iraq)

54

1.155

April 2007 to 15 December 2007

Intensive Therapy Unit and Emergency Nurses

Telic (Iraq)

26

0.87

Neurosurgeon, Intensive Therapy Unit and Emergency Nurses

Herrick (Afghanistan)

4

0.21