ON MARCH 31 2007 the Ministry of Defence will hand over the keys to Royal Hospital Haslar, before it closes for good in 2009. Gary Cleland unearths 100 reasons to keep it open: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/ViewArticle.aspx?SectionID=458&ArticleID=1943060 1 Closing Royal Hospital Haslar will mean the UK is the only Western power without a dedicated military hospital. 2 Haslar is currently carrying out more operations than at any point in its history. 6 Haslar has a burns unit which has never even been used. 7 It is one of the country's most secure hospitals, with high boundary walls and MoD police protection. 12 The government has scrapped plans to spend £200m on defence medical facilities in Selly Oak, Birmingham. 35 The hospital has room for a helicopter to land so that casualties can be lifted from ships. 51 Defence medicine was first to have moved from Haslar to Newcastle the constituency of the then Defence Minister. It was then moved to Birmingham the constit-uency of the new Defence Minister. 54 The armed forces need a hospital for recuperation both physical and mental. Haslar, in its superb, peaceful location, is ideally suited for this purpose. 55 An estimated 5,000 injured troops are being prevented from joining front-line operations while they wait for medical treatment. 56 Since the war in Iraq began in 2003, around 6,600 UK troops have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. 57In the last six months more than 60 have been injured fighting in Afghanistan. 58 Since 2003 more than 600 have been flown back to the UK for treatment. 59 Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham has recorded one of the highest rates of the MRSA superbug. 60 Royal Hospital Haslar is one of the cleanest in the country 61 Around 70 military medical consultants have left the services in disillusionment over the last five years. 62 Haslar has a pool to help rehabilitate troops who have had their legs amputated. 64 Troops serving abroad have spoken openly about hoping that if they do get injured it is serious enough for them to be sent to the US military hospital in Germany. 65 Neurological intensive-care beds in Britain are in short supply. 77 The government has not put forward an alternative to the £200m Selly Oak project that has satisfied critics. 89 Haslar boasts a decompression chamber. 95 In February 1997, the Defence Select Committee recommended that Haslar should be protected. 100 Royal Hospital Haslar has provided medical care for the armed forces and for the local community for 253 years.