MPs report on Armed Forces MediCare published

Goatman

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Saw a brief mention of this in Torygraph - Report itself can be found on Hansard here

House of Commons - The Armed Forces Covenant in Action? Part 1: Military Casualties - Defence Committee

TRANSFER OF LESSONS BETWEEN THE MOD AND THE HEALTH SERVICES

30. The relationship between the health services and the MoD is symbiotic. In the past, the MoD has drawn on the expertise of NHS personnel with greater experience in treating traumatic injuries. More recently, medical personnel working within Afghanistan and Iraq and at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have unfortunately had far greater experience of emergency medicine. Claire Phillips, the Department of Health, told us that there were opportunities to learn from each other:

There are huge opportunities for us to learn from each other and we recognise that the huge advances that have been made are things that we can learn from in the NHS. So as the Surgeon General said, the Reserves are obviously very important because they are going back into the NHS and taking a huge amount of operational experience with them. It is often said that one Reserve spending some time in Bastion will have more trauma experience than he will see for months and months, if not years, in the NHS. So that is clearly important.[30]

31. Claire Phillips also told us of the very recent creation of the National Institute of Health Research Centre for Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology in Birmingham which would help in providing opportunities to learn from the work done by the Defence Medical Services and the NHS.[31] The Centre will carry out research to help people recover better and faster from severe injuries resulting in improved trauma care in the NHS. The contract is funded by the MoD (£10 million over ten years), Department of Health (£5 million over five years), and the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Birmingham (£5 million over five years).[32]

32. THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE NHS TO LEARN FROM THE EXPERIENCES OF THE MOD IN DEALING WITH TRAUMATIC INJURY. IN RESPONSE TO THIS REPORT, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SHOULD TELL US WHAT MECHANISMS, OTHER THAN MEDICAL PERSONNEL RETURNING TO THE NHS AFTER OPERATIONAL SERVICE AND THE RECENTLY CREATED CENTRE FOR SURGICAL RECONSTRUCTION AND MICROBIOLOGY, IT USES OR INTENDS TO USE TO ENSURE THE TRANSFER OF SUCH VALUABLE EXPERIENCE AND ADVANCES IN MEDICAL TREATMENT, BOTH IN ENGLAND AND IN THE DEVOLVED ADMINISTRATIONS.
- for those who may have an interest.

Don Cabra
 

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