Armed Forces: Health Services

Defence written question – answered on 15th May 2008.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel have been referred to (a) a regional rehabilitation unit and (b) Headley Court in each year since 2003.

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

The following table shows the total number of new patient referrals, for a course of treatment, of armed forces personnel to all 15 of MOD's regional rehabilitation units (RRUs). Full figures are not available for 2003-04.

1 April to 31 March Number of new patient referrals
2004-05 4,320
2005-06 6,122
2006-07 7,168
2007-08 7,312

It should be noted that patient referrals cover a wide range of injuries, only a minority of which have been sustained on current operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

For total patient referrals to Headley Court, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him and my hon. Friend Alan Simpson today.

As well as having the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre as its core task, Headley Court has also hosted the regional rehabilitation unit for London and overseas patients (if they are not treated by the one of the two RRUs located in Germany). Figures for referrals to the Headley Court RRU are included in the answer referred to previously, as well as in the table. These figures could be separated out only at disproportionate cost.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.