Military medical service review25th June 2008
A major independent assessment of the standards of medical care offered to service personnel at military facilities is to be carried out.
The plans were outlined by the Ministry of Defence and the Healthcare Commission after the MoD invited the Commission to carry out a review of Defence Medical Services (DMS) Clinical Governance processes.
DMS provides healthcare to 258,000 service personnel and their families in the UK and overseas and its service will be assessed against the same standards used to assess the NHS, bringing regulation of military and civilian healthcare delivery into alignment for the first time.
The review comes as the head of Britain’s armed forces Sir Jock Stirrup, the Chief of Defence Staff, suggested that military families should get preferential access to public services such as the NHS, schools and dentistry because of the sacrifices they make for the nation.
Commenting on the DMS review, Under Secretary of State for Defence, Derek Twigg, said: "The government is committed to providing a very high standard of care for our troops. That is why I have invited the experience and expertise of the Healthcare Commission to help us benchmark our achievement."
Commission Chief Executive Anna Walker commended the MoD for being proactive in the review, due to report early next year.
She added: "We now have general standards across the NHS that clearly set out the level of care expected by patients and the public. It’s only right that the men and women who risk their lives for their country can also expect that standard of care."
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Title: Military medical service review
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 7279
Date Added: 25th Jun 2008