Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd is pleased to announce the latest progress in our campaign for the Ministry of Defence to implement policies to protect our troops against the ever increasing threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
We launched our campaign to the Ministry of Defence after being instructed by Sergeant Rick Clement, who sustained catastrophic injuries whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2010. After stepping on a roadside IED, Rick suffered life changing injuries, including losing both his legs and severe internal injuries which now prevent him from having children.
Rick’s injuries had life changing consequences and we strongly believe the Government ought to do everything within its power to protect and reduce the risks of such injuries.
For example, the US government has policies such as allowing male soldiers to donate and preserve sperm prior to deployment and issuing groin protectors. Our campaign argues for similar policies to be implemented in the UK and our online petition has received over 1000 signatures.
As part of the on-going campaign, we were pleased to meet with Consultant Peter R Brinsden, Medical Director at Bourn Hall Clinic ACU, Cambridge.
We are delighted to announce that Mr Brinsden has agreed a scheme which will enable all service personnel facing deployment to receive free sperm donation and storage. The offer includes counselling, legal advice and free storage of up to 3 semen samples, with no continued storage charges.
Our campaign does not stop here however. We are now looking to broadcast the existence of the scheme nationally and persuade the Ministry of Defence to provide details of the scheme in their pre-deployment pack of information. It is vital that serving personnel are made aware of all the options available to them in order to make informed decisions prior to deployment.
We also continue our fight for the other aspects of our campaign to be introduced. Such policies include:-
• Groin protectors to be issued as standard kit
• The removal of the current cap on Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (‘AFCS’) awards which is currently £570,000
• The removal of the sliding, discounted scale for additional injuries through the AFCS as soldiers are more likely than not to suffer multiple injuries arising out of the same incident.
• The removal of the word “compensation” from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme as this reference is misleading.
To find out further information on our campaign, or to sign the online petition, please click here