Royal Naval Hospital Haslar

Defence written question – answered on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

None. The Royal Hospital Haslar will lose its formal military status on 31 March. However, we expect that it will continue to operate much as it does now until late 2009, with the support of military doctors and nurses, providing health care to the local community and, in very small numbers, military patients, until Portsmouth Hospitals Trust is able to relocate its clinical activity elsewhere. The hospital will then be closed.

Military doctors and nurses will continue to maintain their skills and treat patients in the hospitals of the Portsmouth Hospital Trust and other NHS trusts which host Ministry of Defence Hospital Units (MDHUs). Military patients will continue to receive treatment from the MDHU host trusts and other parts of the NHS.

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David Wright
Posted on 22 Mar 2007 1:18 pm (Report this annotation)


Mark Bestford
Posted on 22 Mar 2007 1:42 pm (Report this annotation)

Agreed. It is simply disgraceful that we are one of the few western countries with no specialised Veterans hospitals. Our soldiers deserve the very best that we can offer, instead we put them in open wards in NHS hospitals open to abuse from the public and without the proper care required for their complex needs. A soldier returning from duty after being injured requires both physical and emotional care of a quality that they could never recieve except from a specialist unit. We expect them to serve with everything they have, is it not then right that we should give back with everything that we have?