Armed Forces: Afghanistan

House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd April 2012.

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Photo of Lord Empey Lord Empey UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average time taken for the evacuation of wounded service personnel in Afghanistan from the incident location to the nearest treatment centre.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Casualties on the battlefield are normally evacuated by helicopter as it provides the fastest and most reliable method. This task is a coalition responsibility provided by UK and US aircraft.

For the current Operation Herrick 15 deployment, between October 2011 and 5 March 2012 the average time taken to evacuate wounded UK service personnel categorised as urgent to a deployed field hospital facility was 36 minutes from the time of the casualty report being made.

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