Armed Forces: Royal Centre for Defence Medicine

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:11 pm on 10 October 2006.

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Photo of Lord Garden Lord Garden Spokesperson in the Lords, Defence 3:11, 10 October 2006

My Lords, the closing of all the military hospitals in the savings measures after the end of the Cold War has had unfortunate consequences for military medicine in general and the care of the Armed Forces. Will the Minister undertake to look at whether it would be wise to re-establish a dedicated military hospital, which would then be able to give a career structure to the military medical branch as well as providing care for our regulars and reserves, their families and veterans?