How troops wounded in Iraq conflict don’t count with the MoD.
Tuesday, January 17-2006
MINISTERS were last night
accused of a cover-up over the number of British servicemen and women wounded
While 98 UK personnel have
lost their lives since the invasion began almost three years ago, the Ministry
of Defence [Ministry of Deception] claims it has no clear figures
available on how many are injured.
[Well! This for a start shows how much interest they have
in the numbers of the killed and wounded in Iraq. We had the same reply about
the missing flack jackets and whatever else. So they haven’t learnt much since
then and they don’t have Geoffrey Hoon to blame.]
the U.S., the Pentagon publishes detailed weekly breakdowns of casualties,
showing that to date 7,608 of its personnel have been seriously wounded, 8,812
less seriously hurt and 456 have lost limbs - in addition to 2,211 killed.
MoD [The Ministry of Deception] said last night its lack of similar data
was partly due to ‘medical confidentiality’ [usual Gobbledegook and
Double-talk] a claim dismissed as nonsensical by critics who claim the
public has a right to know the human cost of war.
Tony’s buddy across the Atlantic good old George will help his chum and would
be pleased to help set-up a proper system for the MoD after all he was the one
who started the war. And we shall only
be asking for something, which is indeed above board, and NOT for intelligence
of injured UK soldiers claim they are the ‘forgotten victims’ of the war, and
are urging the MoD to follow America’s
lead in being more open.
suspect the Government is unwilling to publish the figures in case they
increase anti-war sentiment
only figures available from the MoD make no distinction between illness and
injuries suffered by troops. At the
start of this month 4,017 men and women had been medically evacuated from Iraq
for treatment in British or UK military hospitals in Germany - more than a
thousand of then in the past year.
March 24, 2003 and July 2005, a total of 5,644 men and women were admitted to
the Army’s field hospital outside Basra, but again that includes both illnesses
the same period the MoD claims 189 troops were wounded in action, but that
excludes the first few days of the invasion, does not count UK forces operating
outside southern Iraq and the definition of ‘action’ is unclear.
bombs, shootings and riots are known to have caused significant numbers of
injuries, but it remains unclear how many.
Sue Norton, whose husband Peter is an Army Captain and Explosives Expert
who lost an arm and a leg in a bomb blast in Iraq, said she had no way of
knowing how many other families faced similar situations.
Norton, 43, is still in hospital in Birmingham five months after he was
wife, who told her story in yesterday’s Daily Mail, said:
The Government here should be more open. As a former
civil servant I don’t believe they can’t gather the information.
many others are there like Pete? Our
serviceman and women don’t question their orders, they can’t go on strike, and
it doesn’t make news when they get hurt. They are the forgotten ones. The
Government probably thinks there are enough people already who are anti-war,
but that’s not the point. This is the
hidden human cost and we should have more information about what is done in our
they can give the figures for fatalities, they should also say how many are
wounded and injured.
America the U.S. Congress has insisted on a culture of openness from the
Pentagon, whereas Britain’s Parliament has left the MoD to set its own policy
on publishing figures.
defence spokesman Dr Liam Fox, said:
‘The MoD cannot hide behind patient confidentiality as a
breakdown of figures would not reveal personal details.
‘If the American public has a right to know the extent of
injuries suffered in Iraq, then so does the British public.’
Democratic defence spokesman Michael Moore said:
is a legitimate public interest in understanding the nature of the injuries
suffered by our brave servicemen and women in Iraq.’
MoD [Ministry of Deception] said officials were now looking into ways to release
more information on injuries and casualties. A spokesman said:
‘It isn’t a question of secrecy. We
have simply never pulled the figures together in this way before. We recognise
this is an issue.’
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