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Health Services: Armed Forces

Volume 495: debated on Friday 3 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many armed forces veterans have received priority NHS care in each of the last 10 years. (283662)

Priority access to national health service secondary care for any conditions which are likely to be related to their service (subject to the clinical needs of all patients) previously available only to war pensioners, was extended to all veterans (someone who has served at least one day in the United Kingdom armed forces) from 1 January 2008. Data on numbers of veterans receiving priority treatment are not collected centrally.