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  1. House of Commons Library Standard note SN05764
    Healthcare for veterans

    Has just been written and published online. If you are interested, it is available through the following linky:

    Its summary is below.

    This note covers the current policies on healthcare services for ex-service personnel, including priority access to NHS services and the provision of dedicated mental health services for veterans. The note also provides a list of useful links and contacts.Approximately 22,000 Armed Forces personnel leave Service and return to civilian life each year and there are an estimated 5 million veterans in the UK. Both the previous Government and the current Government have recognised that physical injuries and mental health issues can create additional healthcare needs for some veterans.On 6 October 2010 the MOD published a review of mental health services for serving personnel and veterans, carried out by Dr Andrew Murrison MP. The Government committed to acting on the recommendations of the review and, as a first step, announced two initiatives: a dedicated 24-hour support line for veterans and the provision of 30 additional mental health nurses to specifically support veterans.On 16 May 2011 the Government published the first Armed Forces Covenant and a document outlining the measures it intended to put in place over the next few years in order to support that Covenant. This document proposes a number of further measures to improve veterans’ access to healthcare services, and mental health services in particular. Further information is available from Library briefing paper SN05979, Armed Forces Covenant*.This note applies to the situation in England and does not cover the provision of healthcare to serving armed forces personnel.

    *Available via: Armed Forces Covenant - UK Parliament

    The following two briefing papers may also be of interest:

    House of Commons Library Standard note SN05899:
    Armed Forces Bill: Consideration in Select Committee

    Armed Forces Bill: Consideration in Select Committee - UK Parliament

    House of Commons Library Standard note SN05991:
    Amendments to the Armed Forces Bill

    Amendments to the Armed Forces Bill - UK Parliament

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