They risk life and limb, and deserve our best care in return

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Interesting article in the Telegraph Online.

They risk life and limb, and deserve our best care in return

It is possible to glean some sense of the duress experienced by our troops in Basra from a paper in the Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps last year. It reports how nearly a quarter required hospitalisation at some time for heat stroke or diarrhoea and vomiting. "Heat illness will inevitably occur in temperatures which regularly reach over 120 degrees Fahrenheit," writes Col Heber, especially when weighed down by all the high-tech gizmos of modern soldiering. As for the prevalence of D&V, that too is pretty inevitable when, as he describes, "the fly population was huge in the hospital area".

It thus seems all the more shocking that, having endured all this (and so much else besides), military casualties repatriated to Britain should find themselves being treated alongside civilians on NHS wards – as reported in this newspaper last Sunday.

Full text here: Telegraph Online
 

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