British soldiers at Camp Bastion in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan have reportedly said they should not share wards in military hospitals with Taleban militants.
However the Ministry of Defence said it was common practice for patients to be treated in the same ward in military hospitals, regardless of their allegiance.
Peter Carter, general secretary of the RCN, said: ‘The reality is that it has been this way in the First World War, the Second World War, Vietnam.
‘To have a separate wards is frankly unrealistic, although you can understand how distressing it is.
‘But we don’t think it is realistic in battle conditions…there are no other alternatives.’
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