NHS to make spe­cial pro­vi­sion for vet­er­ans to en­sure best care

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

NHS LEAD­ERS have con­firmed that spe­cial­ist health sup­port for vet­er­ans is to be made avail­able in ev­ery part of the health ser­vice.

There are around five mil­lion mem­bers of the armed forces com­mu­nity in the UK, and around 15,000 peo­ple leave the ser­vice each year.

NHS Eng­land said the com­mit­ment will en­sure that those who have served get the best care from their GP, lo­cal hos­pi­tal or spe­cial­ist ser­vices.

Ev­ery part of the coun­try now has ded­i­cated men­tal health ser­vices avail­able for vet­er­ans, while 25 hospi­tals and trusts have be­come the first to be ac­cred­ited “Vet­eran Aware”.

Health and So­cial Care Sec­re­tary Matt Han­cock said: “We are in­cred­i­bly proud of our Armed Forces and it’s our duty to en­sure vet­er­ans re­ceive the very best pos­si­ble care for both their phys­i­cal and men­tal health needs.

“Vet­eran Aware Hospi­tals will help pro­vide in­te­grated care and a sin­gle source of ad­vice to vet­er­ans on the sup­port avail­able to them and I want to see this ini­tia­tive rolled out across the coun­try.”

Kate Davies, NHS Eng­land’s di­rec­tor of Armed Forces, said: “Our armed forces and our NHS are rightly a source of im­mense pride for our coun­try, and we’re com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing a health ser­vice fit for for­mer troops and their fam­i­lies.

“Re­mem­brance Day gives us the chance to re­flect on those who have bravely fought for our coun­try and of­fers an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to re­mind them that there is al­ways help avail­able.”

De­fence Min­is­ter To­bias Ell­wood said: “We are mak­ing huge strides in the way we care for vet­er­ans who may be strug­gling with men­tal health.”

Said it was the duty of the NHS to en­sure that vet­er­ans re­ceive the best care.

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