Friday, July 31, 2009

Afghanistan: US Surgeons Drafted In As British Medics Exhausted By Casualty Surge

A surgeon at work in Camp Bastion field hospital: 157 wounded arrived for treatment in one week. (Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

From Times Online:

The surge in British casualties in Afghanistan has left military surgeons so exhausted that a US surgical team has been drafted in to help.

The British doctors have also been overwhelmed with casualties from other nations, including US Marines, Afghan troops and civilians.

Extra British plastic surgeons have had to be sent to the field hospital at Camp Bastion in central Helmand along with additional X-ray technicians and specialist nurses.

The Ministry of Defence revealed that 57 soldiers had been wounded in action in the first two weeks of this month, the worst casualty figure since British troops deployed to Helmand province in 2006. The previous highest toll of those injured, 46, was in June — but that was for the whole month. In the same two-week period, 15 soldiers were killed.

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My Comment: The British appear to not only lack the necessary equipment to fight in Afghanistan .... like helicopters and the proper MRVs .... they also lack the necessary medical assistance in the event of casualties.


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