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Post-Combat Stress Disorder: North Yorkshire

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

17. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on access to treatment by those with post-combat stress disorder who live in North Yorkshire. (246456)

During the past 12 months both my predecessor and I have responded to parliamentary and ministerial correspondence relating to access to treatment for specific individuals in the North Yorkshire area who are suffering from PTSD.

We are working with the four UK Health Departments in piloting a new mental health service for veterans in five NHS trusts across the UK to address treatment of veterans’ mental health problems. I spoke at a conference in Hull which has pioneered support for veterans.

We are also working with the King’s Centre for Military Health to monitor the mental health of a cohort of serving personnel to better understand the true prevalence of psychiatric disorders and the treatment required.