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RCN praises nurses in Iraq

The General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has commended the quality of nursing care given to injured personnel in Iraq.

Peter Carter visited nurses working in Iraq last week and commented: "A lot is asked of the Armed Forces and understandably their medical care is high priority.

"I have been extremely impressed by the world class standard of nursing care that I saw on my recent trip to Iraq.

"Our members are working in some of the most difficult and complex situations that I have ever come across."

Carter said that what impressed him the most was the nurses' "immense bravery".

He adds: "I was especially impressed by the caring and supportive leadership and teamwork and the efficient systems and procedures that have been set up to deal with acute injuries."

More than 2,800 medical personnel have been sent to Iraq since 2003. Currently 56 nurses work across primary care, mental health and surgical wards.

Under Secretary of State for Defence Derek Twigg said: "I am delighted that Dr Carter has had an opportunity to see the world class nursing care that military personnel are being given on operations.

"Nurses do an incredible job in some very demanding situations and I am grateful to them for their professionalism and dedication to a job that really saves lives."

Royal College of Nursing

Ministry of Defence