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Health Care

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking with the Secretary of State for Health to ensure that GPs provide priority treatment to veterans. (190372)

The Health Secretary announced in November an extension of NHS priority treatment. From 1 January all veterans, not just war pensioners, should receive priority access to NHS secondary care for conditions which are related to their service. The Department of Health has issued guidance on the new provision. Defence and Health officials and the ex-Service organisations are now working together on communicating the new arrangement to GPs and the veterans’ community and monitoring its effectiveness.