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Veterans: Mental Health

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision his Department has made for the mental health care of veterans. (142925)

I announced on 11 June that the Ministry of Defence was expanding the medical assessment programme at St. Thomas's Hospital, London, to provide assessments to any veteran suffering from mental health problems as a result of service in operations since 1982. For the longer term, the MOD is working with the four UK Health Departments to pilot a new community-based service that will provide NHS health professionals with access to expertise in military mental health.