The treatment of British troops wounded on the front line is so good that NHS emergency departments should learn from it, a watchdog has said.
The Healthcare Commission's review of services for the Surgeon General rated trauma care as "exceptional" and rehabilitation services as "excellent".
It said there were valuable lessons for the NHS, especially in team work.
However, it was critical of standards at many military healthcare services away from the front line.
The commission said too many failed to comply with standards for hygiene, child protection and patient safety.
It described conditions at some armed forces medical centres in the UK and abroad as "unacceptable".
Chairman Sir Ian Kennedy said: "We identified, for example, that premises weren't clean, or that they weren't maintained well, or that they were old and not properly looked aft
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