HL Deb 07 December 1994 vol 559 cc92-3WA
The Countess of Mar

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether a complete record of all vaccines and medication administered to British forces who served in Operation Granby was entered on their medical records, and whether these records, are available to their military or civilian general medical practitioners.

Lord Henley

Standard peacetime procedures involve records of vaccines and prescribed medication being kept on every individual's service medical documents. Under operational conditions individual service medical records are not held locally for logistic reasons, and a field medical documentation system is invoked. During Operation Granby vaccinations or prescribed medications were entered on a nominal roll for later transfer to individual records. Given the rapid repatriation and demobilisation of personnel at the end of the conflict, it is likely that some individual medical records were not fully annotated. Service medical records are the property of the department, but can be made available to service medical officers or civilian general practitioners on request.