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House of Commons Hansard
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Health Services: Ex-servicemen
29 March 2010
Volume 508

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to assess the level of access to health services by war veterans. [323910]

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The Department does not collect information specific to veterans' access to the national health service nor on how many receive priority treatment.

NHS patients in England can expect to start their consultant-led treatment within a maximum of 18 weeks from referral unless they choose to wait longer or it is clinically appropriate that they do so. This applies to all NHS patients including veterans living in England.

The current operating framework for the NHS makes clear the need to take account of the health needs of service families and veterans when commissioning services.