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Brain injury treatment and diagnosis

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Robert Campbell

Dear Ministry of Defence,

I would like to know the following:

1. What is the percentage or numbers of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan that have suffered a brain injury of any type?

2. What methods are used for diagnosing a brain injury? For example are the MOD using the Military Acute Concussion Evaluation (MACE), Standardised Assessment of Concussion (SAC), Boston Assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury–Lifetime (BAT-L), Warrior Administered Retrospective Casualty Assessment Tool (WARCAT), or the VA Structured Clinical Interview for TBI Identification developed by Dr Vanderploeg, PhD?

3. What routine screening is in place to check returning Armed Forces Personnel from Operations for any brain injury?

4. What cooperation or collaboration is the MOD doing with the United States Department of Defense or the US Veterans Agency regarding brain injury in returning service personnel?

Yours faithfully,

Robert Campbell

SG SecFin-Sec Gp Mailbox (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr Campbell,
Further to your enquiry below, please see the attached.

Regards,

Joint Medical Group

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Dear SG SecFin-Sec Gp Mailbox (MULTIUSER),

It is implausible to me that retrieving this information would require 3.5 days. I imagine there are spreadsheets with immense amounts of statistical information regarding injuries sustained on operations, and multiple papers written analysing that information.

Am I to understand you do not routinely record statistics on brain injuries that can be easily retreived?

Yours sincerely,

Robert Campbell

Dear SG SecFin-Sec Gp Mailbox (MULTIUSER),

Could you please answer questions one and three.

Question one should be captured in routine data analysis.
Question three is a policy question, therefore requires no data retrieval.

I would also kindly request an internal review.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Campbell

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Campbell,

Your email of 15 October sent to the Joint Medical Group Secretariat requesting an internal review of the above referenced response has been forwarded to the MOD Information Rights Compliance Team as we are responsible for the investigation of all complaints about handling under the Freedom of information Act 2000.

The Department's target for completing internal reviews is 20 working days from date of receipt and we therefore aim to complete the review and respond to you by 13 November 2020. While we are working hard to achieve this, in the interests of providing you with a realistic indication of when you should expect a response, the majority are currently taking between 20 and 40 working days to complete. The review will involve an independent assessment of the handling of this request and the outcome.

We should also advise that the measures implemented by the Department to prevent the spread of Coronavirus may impact upon our ability to complete the review within the above timescale but we will aim to provide you with an update, if necessary

Yours sincerely,

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

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