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Armed Forces: Medical Services

Volume 496: debated on Monday 5 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from the Royal Naval Medical Services were based in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) England, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) other countries in each of the last five years. (291378)

The number of Royal Naval Medical Service personnel based in each location as at 1 April each year is provided in the following table. The data before 2007 can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

2007

2008

2009

Scotland

120

110

130

Wales

0

0

0

England

1,450

1,480

1,430

Northern Ireland

1

1

1

Other countries2

110

70

70

1 Fewer than five. 2 Other countries also includes Cyprus and Germany. Notes: 1.Due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System all strength statistics are provisional and subject to review. 2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from the Army Medical Services were based in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) England, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) other countries in each of the last five years. (291379)

The number of Army Medical Service personnel1 based in each location as at 1 April each year is provided in the following table. The data before 2007 can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

2007

2008

2009

Scotland

70

80

70

Wales

30

30

30

England

3,710

3,750

3,750

Northern Ireland

130

100

110

Other countries1

760

800

810

1 Other countries also includes Cyprus and Germany. Notes:1.Due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System all strength statistics are provisional and subject to review.

2. Some Army Medical Service personnel are excluded from these figures as some will work outside of the Army Corps that were used to identify Army Medical Service personnel.

3. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from the Royal Air Force Medical Service were based in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) England, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) other countries in each of the last five years. (291382)

The number of personnel posted to the Royal Air Force Medical Services based in each location as at 1 April each year is provided in the following table. The data before 2006 can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

2006

2007

2008

2009

Scotland

70

70

70

80

Wales

40

30

30

30

England

1,660

1,660

1,670

1,670

Northern Ireland

20

20

20

20

Other countries1

110

110

110

120

1 Including Cyprus and Germany. Notes: 1. Due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System, all strength statistics are provisional and subject to review. 2.Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) psychologists, (b) psychiatrists, (c) mental health nurses and (d) occupational therapists in Defence Medical Services have been employed in (i) Scotland, (ii) England, (iii) Wales, (iv) Northern Ireland and (v) other countries in each year since 1997; (291383)

(2) how much has been spent on (a) psychologists, (b) psychiatrists, (c) mental health nurses and (d) occupational therapists by the Defence Medical Services in (i) Scotland, (ii) England, (iii) Wales, (iv) Northern Ireland and (v) other countries in each year since 1997.

[holding answer 16 September 2009]: The majority of mental health personnel are employed in MOD’s 15 Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMHs) in the UK, (with additional centres in Germany, Cyprus and Gibraltar), with a small number at other MOD locations. The DCMHs are located in areas of major military population, and include 11 in England, three in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland.

The number of personnel employed in the specified regions as at July 2009 are provided in the table. These include both military and civilian personnel.

Location

Psychologists

Psychiatrists1

Mental Health Nurses

Occupational Therapists (Mental Health2

England

10

22

85

Scotland

1

1.5

5

Wales

Northern Ireland

0.5

3

Other

1

4

24

3

Total

12

28

117

3

1 One individual works part-time at two separate DCMHs. These are shown as “0.5” at each location.

2 Specialised Occupational Therapists (Mental Health) are only employed in DCMHs in Germany. Elsewhere, this function is undertaken by mental health nurses.

Historical figures back to 1997 are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Funding provision is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.