Hilary Meredith Solicitors supports Help for Heroes in calling for review of medical discharge process

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is backing a new campaign by Help for Heroes calling for the Government to commission an independent review of the medical discharge process.

Help for Heroes is calling for an independent review of the discharge process which was described as “negative” by 70% of veterans it spoke to in a new survey.

More than 60% of veterans felt they did not receive enough support while transitioning into civilian life, the report found. 

Meanwhile, almost half of those surveyed said they were discharged without being given a diagnosis or treatment.

50% of veterans said they did not know how to continue treatment after being medically discharged.

In the last 20 years almost 40,000 men and women have had to leave the Armed Forces due to injury or illness. Every day, this number grows, with an average of 7 people being medically discharged every day since drawdown from Iraq.

Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors said:

“We fully support this campaign.

Wounded veterans deserve the very best opportunity to lead fulfilling and purposeful lives after leaving the military.

Over the last 30 years I have acted for thousands of military personnel who have been seriously injured during service.

“All too often, the MoD views early medical discharge as a way to avoid treatment costs.  This is shameful.”  

A recent MOD report showed that medically discharged service leavers were less likely to be employed (74%), but more likely to be unemployed (13%) and economically inactive (15%), than those who were not medically discharged (86%, 6% and 8% respectively).

Added Hilary:

There needs to be greater support for wounded service personnel transitioning from the Armed Forces.  

“There also needs to greater recognition of the unique pressures our wounded veterans face.  I have long called for a national register so our heroes are fully supported in their recovery – however long it may take.”