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ID cards could give former servicemen and women priority on NHS

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Former servicemen and women could be given identity cards to give them priority to NHS treatment, access to housing and discounts on public transport, the defence minister has said.

Kevan Jones said the medical records of armed forces members could also be marked to show their military service so doctors will be aware of their possible mental health needs.

Conservative Richard Benyon called for GPs to be better informed about support available for war veterans suffering from mental illness.

He said: ‘In a recent Royal British Legion survey of 500 GPs in England and Wales, it was discovered that 85% knew nothing about the reservists’ mental health project and 71% of GPs knew nothing about the MoD’s medical assessment programme. What is the Government going to do to better inform GPs about these programmes?’

Mr Jones said: ‘I’m looking at a system whereby when people leave the Armed Forces, and reservists (are) included, it can be flagged up on their medical records in the NHS, which I think will give broader visibility to individuals, certainly GPs, to recognise they have had military service.’

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  • I do hope this includes ALL ex military personnel and not just those from the recent conficts.

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  • I agree Lorraine. The service given by military personnel has kept this country free from dictatorship for many years. This should be recognised and rewarded.

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