Mefloquine: suitable for use by the Military?

Whilst we must be encouraged by news this week of a further, successful, claim in damages for the British Military’s substandard care around the prescription of mefloquine as an anti-malarial prophylaxis, we cannot be surprised. Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd specialises in representing members of the Armed Forces, were actively involved in Parliament’s Defence Committee investigation…

PTSD and the MoD’s failure to heed the warning signs

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has paid out £5.5 million to 34 troops suffering acute post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The servicemen and women received an average of £161,764 each after the MoD conceded that mental illness brought about by their service will affect their personal and professional lives for years to come. The cases date…

Iraq fatality investigations inquiry yet another disgrace – let’s stop this endless legal pursuit of service personnel

An army officer has waived his right to anonymity to criticise defence chiefs for paying out millions of pounds to “mendacious” lawyers who have brought allegations over the Iraq war. Major Robert Campbell, an expert in explosives ordnance disposal who faces another investigation over the death of an Iraqi teenager, revealed in The Times that…

Fake claims against British soldiers are a national scandal

An Iraqi refugee has admitted arranging hundreds of fake abuse claims against British soldiers in Iraq. Basim Al-Sadoon, 37, said the racket he was involved in was aimed at winning payouts from the Ministry of Defence. Mr Al-Sadoon ran an office in Basra where he handled accusations made by locals against the British Army. He…

Bawa-Garba and why a sticking plaster approach to the NHS will not work

Writing in today’s Times, columnist and broadcaster Jenni Russell says wise doctors will retreat from the front line as overwork and the risk of negligence cases make safer specialisms preferable to acute medicine. Her comments come after the decisions of the GMC and the High Court in pursuing the striking-off of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba after…

Supporting the Mail on Sunday’s armed forces mental healthcare campaign

I fully support the Mail on Sunday’s campaign to improve mental healthcare for serving troops, including the introduction of a 24/7 helpline. In today’s paper, John Nicol talks about how he was shot down over Iraq 27 years ago, captured, tortured and forced by Saddam Hussein’s henchmen to appear on television and denounce his actions…

The NHS and why drastic action is now required

I was saddened to read yesterday about a doctor apologising on Twitter for “third world conditions” in the hospital where we works.  Separately, tens of thousands of non-urgent NHS operations and procedures in England may be deferred until 31 January, due to winter pressures. When health secretary Aneurin Bevan launched the NHS at Park Hospital…

Why I’m calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry

Today I am calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry into the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) failure to properly advise our armed forces on how to capture and detain prisoners before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The terrible circumstances of the Baha Mousa case, when an Iraqi man died while in British Army custody in Basra in…

Proud to sponsor The Brain Charity’s Annual Liverpool Snow Ball

Hilary Meredith Solicitors are proud headline sponsors of The Brain Charity’s Annual Liverpool Snow Ball. This year’s event will be held on Friday 8th December from 7pm till late. Tickets are just £55 per person which includes drinks reception, a superb seasonal three-course menu, spectacular live entertainment, lots of fun & games, and dancing till…

Why we support the Million Pound Salute campaign for Broughton House

Hilary Meredith Solicitors fully supports the Manchester Evening News’ major new campaign to raise £1 million for our official charity, Broughton House. Broughton House is about to be transformed into a £14m care village for veterans of conflicts past and present – to tend to physical as well as mental wounds. The M.E.N’s Million Pound…

MoD hides behind crown immunity as two are charged over Brecon training deaths

Two men have been charged with negligence following the deaths of three soldiers during an SAS selection march in the Brecon Beacons. L/Cpl Edward Maher, L/Cpl Craig Roberts and Cpl James Dunsby were taking part in a 16-mile recruitment exercise on the hottest day of 2013. A coroner ruled they died from neglect. The Service…

Wear your poppy with pride

Why have we this year suddenly mixed the poppy, a great symbol of remembrance, with politics and racial issues? Where has our innocence and national pride gone? I remember at school when the first poppies came on sale and everyone arrived excitedly with their pennies to buy one. Why are now ruining the memory of…

Why I back MPs call for a change to the law

MP for Newbury and former army-officer Richard Benyon is calling for a change to the law on two fronts. Firstly, lawyers who seek to drum up claims in war zones after conflict should be curtailed in some way. Secondly, there should be a 10 year time limit on claims against the military – which is…

Why I welcome a review of the military justice system

An independent review of the British military justice system, including the controversial use of majority verdicts in court martials, is to be carried out, the Government has announced. The aim of the review is to ensure the system is as “effective as it can be for the 21st century”. It follows calls for the court…

Remembering our fallen heroes

With Remembrance Day fast approaching, Hilary Meredith Solicitors is proud to support the Royal British Legion as sponsors of this year’s Poppy Ball in London.  The Ball takes place on 2 November, which is also London Poppy Day. Remembrance Day poppies are also going on sale across Britain this week and staff from Hilary Meredith…

Divorce rate rises for all types of marriage

The rate of divorce has increased for the first time in five years, figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed. There were 106,959 divorces last year, a rise of 5.8 per cent compared with the previous year. There were large falls in the rate of divorce in the preceding two years, including a…

Army sent soldier back to frontline in Afghanistan with PTSD

There was a disturbing story in the Sunday Mirror at the weekend about a soldier who was sent back to the frontline in Afghanistan when suffering from PTSD. Sean Jones, who was awarded the military cross, says he was diagnosed by a military doctor 8 years ago – but never told.  He was sent back…

NHS waits worsen across UK

The performance of hospitals across the UK has slumped with targets for cancer, A&E and planned operations now being missed across the board, according to research by the BBC. Nationally England, Wales and Northern Ireland have not hit one of their three targets for 18 months.  Only Scotland has had any success in the last…

Why I support mental health training for our Armed Forces

I fully support plans to provide the Armed Forces and their families with mental health training to deal with military life under an initiative between the Ministry of Defence and the young Royals. The venture will see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry expand their campaigning against the stigma of mental illness…