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Health Services: Ex-servicemen

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the arrangements put in place by primary healthcare trusts to inform health practitioners of veterans’ priority treatment entitlement. (243224)

An update to existing guidance issued on 12 December 2007 to the NHS on priority treatment for war pensioners for any condition related to their service (HSG(97)21) extended entitlement to all veterans from 1 January 2008. This included a requirement that all GPs and clinical staff in PCTs and acute and mental health trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts were made aware of the changes. In line with the Government’s policy of devolving decisions on how change is delivered in NHS organisations, it is appropriate for PCTs to decide how to take this forward. The Operating Framework published earlier this month draws attention to the need to take account of the special circumstances of veterans as part of the commissioning process. A copy has already been placed in the Library.