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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 28th March 2007.

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Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne Conservative, Ludlow 11:30 am, 28th March 2007

While the Prime Minister plans his lecture tour, is he aware that many servicemen and women whom he has committed to active tours overseas have returned in a traumatised state to barracks, alongside troops training to go on active deployment to the very same theatres? With five years until Selly Oak is fully operational, he surely still has the time to delay closure of the Royal Naval hospital Haslar next week, and to commission specialist military units in designated hospitals to provide proper treatment to our troops.

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Martin Taylor-Smith
Posted on 29 Mar 2007 4:29 pm (Report this annotation)

Blair did not answer the question. The traumatised troops are being put up in barracks at Chillwell (the national mobilisation centre) not hospitals like Selly Oak. This means they are sharing sub standard accomodation with troops who are about to deploy to the same theatres.
Yet again out of sight, the spin doctors hope, is out of mind!