Searched but couldn't find this elsewhere. Is this accurate? If so for those who are invalided out whilst still recovering at what point are the MOD hands washed of these lads? 40 British Soldiers Seriously Hurt In Iraq War Extracted from THE Guardian via MOD Oracle Tuesday, January 24, 2006 Forty British soldiers have been "very seriously injured" in Iraq since the invasion and required urgent life-saving treatment, the Ministry of Defence disclosed yesterday.The figures were released as John Reid, the defence secretary, went to a military rehabilitation centre in Surrey, and became the first cabinet minister to have a public meeting with troops who had been injured in Iraq.Mr Reid said a total of 230 personnel had been injured in enemy action and treated in British army hospitals since operations began in Iraq. This figure includes those now being treated in the British field hospital at Shaiba in Iraq.It is the first time the MoD has released the figures of those categorised as being seriously injured in Iraq. Previously, it has only confirmed the number of British soldiers who have been killed - 98 so far, of whom two-thirds were killed in action, the rest as a result of accidents and disease, though there have also been suicides.More than 4,000 soldiers have been evacuated mainly as a result of illness, accidents or minor injuries. The ministry declined to give details of those it has classed as "very seriously injured" or the circumstances in which they were hurt.But it is understood that 12 soldiers at least, including two from the Black Watch, have had one or more limbs amputated after attacks by suicide bombers or from roadside improvised explosive devices. A further 30 to 40 have paralysing spinal injuries, lost an eye, or suffered brain damage from bomb attacks, the Scottish newspaper, the Herald, reported this week.Private Karl Hinett, 19, is reported to be still undergoing treatment for severe burns after his Warrior armoured vehicle was attacked last September in in Basra, the significance and seriousness of which the ministry initially tried to play down.The minister has been criticised by the families of some of the seriously injured, including the wife of a badly wounded captain. Peter Norton, 43, lost an arm and a leg in a bomb blast. His wife, Sue, had said ministers should reveal how many other personnel had been injured like him.Speaking on his visit to Headley Court, Surrey, Mr Reid insisted there had been no cover-up. Categorising the injured, wounded and sick was simply not a priority for forces in Iraq, he said. "The important thing, actually, is not the 40 or the 230, the important thing is that every single one of them gets to be given the care they need."Mr Reid said a "first-class service" was being provided for injured soldiers but said he regretted reports, if they were true, of injured service personnel being neglected or left to languish in NHS treatment when returned to civilian life."I'm for excellence for everybody. Like any human organisation, there will be omissions ... If there are omissions when they go into the NHS or go into civilian life, I regret that and if people bring it to my attention I try and sort that," he added.The defence medical rehabilitation centre at Headley Court is being expanded from 18 "polytrauma" beds for those with multiple injuries and loss of limbs to 36 so it can treat and help rehabilitate the average of 15 to 20 military personnel who lose limbs each year.There are now 35 amputees in the British military who have returned to active service, according to Lieutenant Colonel David Minden, commanding officer of the unit. Of 111 present patients, 11 were injured on Operation Telic in Iraq.Mr Reid denied that servicemen and women who lost limbs received substandard treatment from the military's in-house prosthetic technicians. "They are higher than the standard provided in the NHS." The defence secretary added: "I get bowled over by the courage, enthusiasm, morale and endurance of our armed services. People have the most traumatic experiences, have lost limbs, and they tell me they want to get back into the services. It gives the lie to those who say the morale of our services is lower than it ought to be. The morale is great."