http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/03 2 things strike me about this article: 1. The SG has pledged that he WILL review standards of care - hmmmm - so if he isn't ensuring that soldiers get consistent high quality care NOW, isn't he somewhat missing the point of his day-job? 2. Massive complacency - 'there's no problem here and everything is all fine' - clearly he has never looked at Arrse or bothered to find out at first hand what is happening to injured troops - particularly those left to the mercies of the wider NHS. All of this suggests that a cursory review is on the cards which will conclude that all's well with Secondary Care. I have come across plenty of excellent RAMC doctors, medics and AOs in my time - and have seen how hard some of them have had to struggle with case management of injured troops (and in doing so have done a great job) given the current tempo of ops, why can't the SG get a grip? Military's doctor pledges to review health care By Alex Berry Last Updated: 2:43am GMT 12/03/2007 The military's most senior doctor has pledged to review standards of care for wounded service personnel following the publication of a series of complaints about their appalling treatment on the NHS. Lt Gen Louis Lillywhite, the Surgeon General, defended the way casualties were looked after but said: "If we need to do things better, we shall." His statement came after soldiers and their families described the dire state they were left in after being injured while serving their country. advertisementThe shadow defence secretary Liam Fox said their treatment represented a "betrayal" while Lord Guthrie, the former Chief of Defence Staff, said: "The handling of the medical casualties from both Afghanistan and Iraq is a scandal." The complaints centre on Birmingham's Selly Oak hospital, where many injured soldiers are now treated since the closure of almost all separate military medical units. One reveals how Jamie Cooper, the youngest British soldier wounded in Iraq, spent a night lying in his own faeces after staff allowed his colostomy bag to overflow. According to the letter from the 18-year-old's parents, his medical air mattress was left to deflate, leaving him in "considerable pain". He contracted the superbug MRSA. Phillip and Caroline Cooper, from Bristol, wrote to Ministry of Defence officials and hospital managers to complain after he had spent more than two months at Selly Oak. The letter told how their son had been wounded in a double mortar attack and it was only "by the grace of God and the work of an excellent surgeon" that his life had been saved - but there followed a "catalogue of errors". In separate correspondence Alex Weldon, of 45 Commando Royal Marines, complained of pain relief arriving hours late. The marine described seeing a fellow casualty from Afghanistan in such agony on the ward that it "brought tears to his eyes". The Defence Secretary, Des Browne, said an investigation into Mr Cooper's case was being held and troops injured in conflict should receive the best possible treatment. "Where there are individual cases that fall short of the very high standards that I and others demand, then we need to address these and I will address them. They are unacceptable," he told BBC1's The Politics Show. Lt Gen Lillywhite said a survey of military patients at Selly Oak rated their treatment as "excellent, very good or good". But he added: "When any members of the armed forces, or their families, are unhappy about their treatment then we will investigate with the NHS on their behalf." But he rejected the idea that soldiers should be treated at independent military centres rather than within the NHS. "Serious casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan need and receive advanced levels of care across a wide range of medical disciplines that can only be found in a major trauma hospital," he said. The complaints came on the same day that Ministry of Defence figures revealed that, since 2003, more than 2,100 troops have suffered psychiatric problems after returning from Iraq. But many are waiting up to 18 months for NHS treatment. A spokesman for University Hospital Birmingham Trust said yesterday: "We have had an official complaint from the Cooper family which we are investigating. We refute some of the allegations which have been reported."