HC Deb 27 February 1997 vol 291 cc385-6W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what extent medically qualified military personnel are used in NHS hospitals. [16230]

Mr. Soames

This is a matter for the Defence Secondary Care Agency. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

General Government expenditure in Wales and the UK, 1994–95
Wales United Kingdom Wales as percentage
£ billion Percentage share of GGE £ billion Percentage share of GGE of UK
(i) Identifiable 12.3 78.7 219.6 74.3 5.6
of which:
Welsh Office 6.4 41.1
Social Security 5.1 32.9 89.2 30.2
(ii) Non-identifiable (estimated) 1.7 11.2 40.2 13.6 4.4
(iii) Other (estimated) 1.6 10.1 35.7 12.1 4.4
of which:
Debt interest 1.0 6.3 22.5 7.6
Total GGE (excluding privatisation
proceeds) 15.6 100.0 295.5 100.0 5.3
Privatisation proceeds -0.3 -6.3 4.2
Total GGE (including privatisation
proceeds) 15.3 289.2 5.3
GDP (1994) 4.2
Population (1994) 5.0


Government Expenditure and Revenue—Wales, 1994–95.

Letter from Mr. Ron Smith to Mr. Gordon Prentice, dated 27 February 1997: I am replying to your Question to the Secretary of State for Defence about the extent to which medically qualified military personnel are used in the NHS as this matter falls within my area of responsibility as Chief Executive of the Defence Secondary Care Agency (DSCA). Amongst the hospitals which comprise the DSCA, three Ministry of Defence Hospital Units (MDHUs) at Peterborough, Frimley Park near Camberley and Derriford, Plymouth are situated in NHS Trust hospitals. The MDHUs and their military staff are not separate from the civilian hospitals but fully integrated in the day-to-day business of patient care. A total of 504 medically qualified staff work in the MDHUs. In addition, a further 90 military medical personnel from the DSCA and other parts of the Defence Medical Services are currently seconded to NHS hospitals for specialist training.

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