Defence Medical Services

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th January 2000.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence 12:00 am, 24th January 2000

It was as a result of the strategic defence review that we allocated the extra £140 million to defence medical services, moved towards a centre for defence medicine and, driven by the need for medical accreditation from the royal colleges, moved from Haslar into the arrangement with the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS trust. Those developments are starting to work their way through. One problem with the health service is that it takes much longer to train people and see the results of that compared with some other disciplines. That was the particular problem that resulted from the substantial cuts that were acknowledged by the hon. Member for Salisbury (Mr. Key) on the radio this morning.