http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30100-13548130,00.html The PM said no military hospital could match "the specialised care and treatment our wounded forces are getting within the NHS." Mr Blair is quoted in the News Of The World as saying the last Conservative Government was right to phase out military hospitals. "What matters is that our wounded troops get the very best possible care and treatment," said Mr Blair. "Above all, they need first-class medical care with specialist doctors and nurses." Last week, Mr Blair said that at any one time there were only enough troops requiring hospital treatment to fill one or two wards. He has now revealed there are currently 12 at the Selly Oak and Queen Elizabeth NHS hospitals in Birmingham, which also host the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. Armed forces doctors and nurses based in Birmingham are able to develop skills for the frontline environment by working in busy NHS facilities, he said. But he recognised troops may feel "more at home" recuperating on armed forces wards, and said efforts are already made to group them together. He added: "We want to go further now and set up a ward managed by the military at Selly Oak." And there was me thing the QEMH and CMH provided care that the local civies would give their back teeth to have rather than local NHS facilities. Not sure how the civilian wards will cope losing their bank holiday cover and cheap agency nurses (Military) but if the troops can get a ward manned by the military and run by the military it must be a step in the right direction.