This didn't really fit in the current thread on the treatment of US injured, but there are echoes of the same sentiments. The press at the weekend and yesterday were full of what allegedly goes on at Selly Oak hospital, where our injured are brought by the medical evacuation chain from ops. I have no doubt that some of these gripes are well-founded, but to those who are now suggesting that any of this is the Service medical authorities' fault, certain retired senior Army officers among them, may I suggest a bit of self-recrimination? The Service hospitals whose passing you so lament were closed, or their closures were planned, on your watch. There can be no doubt that the treatment available to Servicemen now is as good as, if not better than was available in the halcyon days of Haslar, Plymouth, Aldershot, Catterick, Ely, Halton, Wroughton and so on, but we do not have the exclusive military facilities that we would like for the recuperation phase of treatment because the bean-counters closed them. Some of what has been written is, quite frankly, nonsense and it is to be hoped that the Service authorities will have the spine to refute the allegations of poor treatment in what is an old, but efficient hospital at Selly Oak. Lots of what goes on in hospitals is not ideal, but welcome to the modern world of healthcare. Hospitals are noisy places in comparison to our bedrooms at home, but that is the reality. If you want the government to unpick the deliberations of Lawrence and so on, which led to the current situation, the only way to do it is to contact your MP and get him / her to ask questions at the right level in order to change what is happening. PS 18 days to military withdrawal from Haslar!!