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MPs praise treatment of injured soldiers but call for better contingency planning

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1785 (Published 29 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1785
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    MPs have called for more robust contingency planning to cope with the possibility of greater casualties among soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    A report on the Ministry of Defence from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee praised the medical care provided for personnel injured as a result of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. It says that soldiers are surviving now who would never have survived in previous wars despite sustaining appalling injuries. Survival rates among these “unexpected survivors” are good in comparison with major trauma victims treated by the NHS.

    Edward Leigh, the committee’s chairman, said; “The department [the Ministry of Defence] and its medical staff are providing …

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