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21 Oct 11. Murrison’s NHS prosthetics services review recommendations supported by Government. Prime Minister David Cameron today announced that the Government is investing up to £15m to support the recommendations to improve prosthetics services for military veterans who have lost a limb due to activities while serving their country. In January, the Government asked Dr Andrew Murrison MP to lead a review into the prosthetic services currently offered to veterans by the NHS. This followed concern by service charities and some serving personnel who have been seriously injured that the NHS may not be equipped to provide prosthetic services to the same standard as the Defence Medical Service at Headley Court. In response to Dr Murrison’s key recommendation, the Department of Health will now introduce a number of national specialist prosthetic and rehabilitation centres for amputee veterans across the country. The Government will work with service charities, including Help for Heroes and BLESMA (The British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association) as well as specialists within the NHS to ensure that high quality NHS facilities are available to our military heroes. The Department of Health will also use the experience and feedback from providing these specialist services to veterans and apply these to the wider NHS, so that all patients will benefit in the future.
21 Oct 11. Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering’s marine arm, ST Marine, has incorporated a wholly owned subsidiary, ST Marine (Wuhan) Engineering Design Consultancy, in Hubei Province, China. “The company will offer engineering design and consultancy services for both local Chinese as well as international companies operating in China,” a ST
Engineering press release said on Oct. 20. The new subsidiary will strengthen ST Marine’s engineering team in Singapore and “leverage the latter’s well-established naval design capability and engineering expertise,” the release stated. ST Marine’s in-house Engineering Design Center has designed a variety of commercial and defense vessels, including the Diving Support Vessel, Seismic Survey Vessel and Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel. (Source: Defense News)
24 Oct 11. The first injured personnel are recovering at Phoenix House, Catterick Garrison, the newest of the Army-led Personnel Recovery and Assessment Centres. Already key facilities such as temporary residential accommodation, classrooms and catering facilities are up and running, which will allow up to 35 recovering Armed Forces personnel to move in during October. Phoenix House is a Defence Recovery Centre delivered in partnership with Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion and is set in the heart of Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire. It will provide comprehensive support to wounded, injured and sick personnel and their families; for life. Phoenix House facilities and services will also be open to veterans on a needs basis. Help for Heroes have committed to fund and lead the delivery of the Phoenix House capital build project at a cost of £1.3m for the interim recovery facility. The money will allow the creation of new accommodation facilities, training facilities, and a state of the art gymnasium. The charity has pledged a further £10.7m for a purpose-built Personnel Recovery and Assessment Centre, which will be delivered by early 2013 and will be run by Help for Heroes. Phoenix House operating costs, estimated to be £11m over the first 10 years, are to be funded by H4H with a very significant contribution from TRBL, who have committed £8.5m. Additionally, a Support Hub is being developed. The hub, a collection of welfare agencies and other service charities will provide a ‘one stop shop’ of advice and support for the residents, veterans, and their families, for life. Th