def070619 - No. 57

Session 2006-07, 19 June 2007

Evidence Session


Evidence session to be held in Birmingham into Medical Care for the Armed Forces

Birmingham's Council House will become a temporary venue for Parliamentary scrutiny on Thursday when the House of Commons Defence Committee sits to take evidence on medical care for the Armed Forces. The Committee will hold the formal evidence session following a morning visit to see the facilities for wounded Servicemen and women at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Selly Oak.

Witnesses will include Julie Moore, Chief Executive of University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust; representatives of other NHS Trusts where Ministry of Defence Hospital Units (MDHUs) are based; and the Chairman of the British Medical Association’s Armed Forces Committee, Dr Brendan Keating. This will be the second evidence session on the subject. Last week, the Committee heard the views of Service welfare organisations.

The Chairman of the Defence Committee, the Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP, said "The purpose of our visit and evidence session is to look in detail at the medical services that are provided for our Servicemen and women who are injured on operations, and to see if any improvements could be made in the way the MoD and the NHS co-operate to look after them."

The Committee is also holding a web-forum to hear people’s views on the subject. This will run until 2 July, and can be accessed through the Committee’s website, www.parliament.uk/defcom, which also has further details of the evidence session.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Chairman), Mr David S Borrow MP, Mr David Crausby MP, Linda Gilroy MP, Mr David Hamilton MP, Mr Mike Hancock MP, Mr Dai Havard MP, Mr Adam Holloway MP, Mr Bernard Jenkin MP, Mr Brian Jenkins MP, Mr Kevan Jones MP, Robert Key MP, Willie Rennie MP, John Smith MP

2. News Release: No. 57

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