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Doctors’ skills are tested as British casualties in Afghanistan rise

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3153 (Published 04 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3153
  1. Nayanah Siva
  1. 1London

    Last month saw the highest number yet of battle injuries and fatalities among UK forces in Afghanistan, and the number of patients classified as “very seriously injured or wounded” rose sharply. Consequently the skills of doctors are being put to the test, a senior military doctor has admitted.

    Figures released by the Ministry of Defence on 30 July showed that 16 people had been reported as seriously injured as a result of battle in the two weeks from 1 July to 15 July alone, whereas the number for the whole of June was 13. Thirteen people were killed in …

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