New Zealand will send more military medical staff to the Persian Gulf in response to a request from Britain, Prime Minister Jim Bolger said Monday.

The Cabinet had decided to send up to 20 more servicemen and women to work alongside British forces in Saudi Arabia, Bolger told a news conference."Given the scale of the conflict it's probable that there will be a much higher scale of casualties in the future and therefore we want to make a contribution," he said.

A 32-member New Zealand army medical team has just arrived in Bahrain to work with U.S. forces.