Government Seriously Failing Medically Discharged Veterans
Published on 12 October 2019
A total of 36,696 service personnel have been medically discharged from the British military over the last two decades. Almost half of those surveyed said they were discharged without being given a diagnosis or treatment.
The Government is accused of "seriously failing" tens of thousands of military veterans who have been medically discharged from service.
An armed forces charity is calling for an independent review of the discharge process which was described as "negative" by 70% of veterans spoken to. More than 60% of veterans felt they did not receive enough support while transitioning into civilian life.
Meanwhile, almost half of those surveyed said they were discharged without being given any diagnosis or treatment and 50% of veterans said they did not know how to continue treatment after being medically discharged!
The medical discharge process is seriously failing with major inconsistencies in support. The Government need to commission an independent review of the process to close these significant gaps.
According to the Ministry of Defence (MOD), nearly 40,000 people have been medically discharged from the Armed Forces over the past 20 years and Medical discharges have accounted for 9% of all discharges (400,000) over the period.
A MOD spokesperson said "Our armed forces do a dangerous job in keeping this country safe and anyone who is medically discharged receives bespoke support to help them back into civilian life. Fewer than 2% of personnel who have served in the armed forces over the last 20 years were medically discharged. When someone is injured, wounded or sick, in most cases, they are medically downgraded in order to allow for treatment, recovery and rehabilitation."
The MOD argued the 36,696 medical discharges over the past 20 years is reflected by a "period of high operational tempo, including conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan".
According to a report by the MOD earlier this year, 82% of service personnel said they were satisfied with their access to medical care???
With public support, it is hoped that the review will result in ensuring that every wounded hero has the best opportunity to stand strong in civilian life.
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Article accreditted to: Forces Network 08 October 2019