Transcript of DefCom 1st session on Armed Forces Med Care

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  1. The first evidence session on Medical Care for the Armed Forces was held on Tuesday 12 June.

    The uncorrected transcript is now available - you can read it HERE

  2. thanks helen,
    - Arbuthnot came across reasonably well I thought, as did some others -not too enamoured with the NHS Trust spokeswoman/person/entity* though.

    *delete whichever is inapplicable.
  3. We've also put a link in the 'Useful Information' section of the BFBS Reports website so that Forces personnel can submit their experiences of medical care to the DefCom - I'm sure you'll agree it's important for them to hear as many real experinces as possible

  4. Good idea, thanks again, helen
  5. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    Rock thanks for the link - v.useful

    Some sensible stuff buried in there so let's not be overly selective with the quotes:

    * Sue Freeth, Director of Welfare Royal British Legion

    She also penned a very good , fair , balanced article in Summer 2007 issue of RBL's newsletter on this. Unfortunately I can't find it online or I would give a link.

    This passage is also very illuminating:

    * Liz Sheldon,Project Manager, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).
    + Air Cdre Edward Jarron, Secretary-General, Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA)
    #Commodore Toby Elliott RN, Chief Executive, Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society (Combat Stress),

    I know that some of these views will go against the grain of what a lot of people on this Board have been pushing for. But nontheless, these witnesses are at the very heart of the non-Service provision of welfare to our people - they have come to their opinions after long exposure to the issues.

    FWIW, anyway. Good post Rockape. More to follow I guess ?

    Le Chevre
  6. Hope so Goatman.
    my initial post was purposely selective in an attempt to wake up some who moan about conditions on on this forum thus encouraging them to post somewhere (for example the DefCom Inquiry site) where their opinions might do some good.

    Many would do well to read the TRANSCRIPT of the DefCom session.

    I felt it might inform their future postings to the inquiry, which I have been informed by Mr Arbuthnot's office, may be submitted by email/fax or in writing IF THEY HAVE A PROBLEM REGISTERING AT THE DEFCOM SITE as follows:

    Fax 020 7219 6952

    E-Mail (subject: DefCom Inquiry into Medical Care for the Armed Forces)

    write to:
    Defence Committee
    (Re: Medical Care for the Armed Forces)
    House of Commons
    London SW1A OAA

    edited to add:
    There is a free fax facility HERE
  7. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    Fair go.

    by the way, Cdre Toby is wrong when he says 'I think we have shut the last military hospital'

    Firstly, Royal Hospital Haslar was indeed decommissioned as a military unit in March this year but remains very much in business.

    Haslar continues to serve both Service and civilian patients through the skills of of upwards of 100 military staff - doctors, nurses , radiographers and other specialists - who are stiil on site. This will continue until the local NHS health authority say they don't require it anymore, which on current planning is 2009/10 when the new PFI build at Queen Alexandra Hospital Cosham comes on line. Crossed fingers all round.

    Secondly, both BMH Cyprus and BMH Gibraltar are still going strong and I have recently seen the Med Fac at Camp Bastion being referred to as BMH Helmand.

    [I would readily concede that not many Uk based or ex- Service personnel waiting for a hip replacement may be too keen to visit the latter for treatment]

    watch and shoot, watch and shoot.

    Le Chevre
  8. Cdre Toby and Goatman have also forgotten the Duke of Connaught Unit in Belfast.

    It may not be big, it may not be fashionable (otherwise Mrs Dannatt and the rest of the twinset and pearls welfare experts would doubtless have been to visit), but it is still a military hospital.
  9. Thanks for pointing that out VB.

    Am I right in thinking that you are referring to Musgrave Park?
  11. Indeed. The Military Wing was renamed as the Duke of Connaught Unit some years ago.