Fulfilling our duties to armed forces veterans – conference tomorrow

I am looking forward to attending The Return to ‘Civvy Street’: Fulfilling Our Duties to Armed Forces Veterans conference at the Grange Wellington Hotel in London tomorrow. http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/IC22-PPE Whilst many of the 2.6 million former service personnel go on to lead healthy and productive lives, some veterans still face significant challenges in transitioning to civilian…

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…

Hilary skis to work!

Hilary Meredith overcame today’s wintery conditions and widespread traffic congestion by skiing to work. An unusual snowfall has covered European cities from Rome to London in a blanket of snow, closing schools and causing widespread travel problems but Hilary, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, wasn’t going to be deterred. Inspired by the Winter Olympics, she…

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…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors backs Independent Evaluation for military claims

Hilary Meredith Solicitors says injured armed forces personnel and the families of those killed in combat should have access to Independent Evaluation (IE) in order to resolve any legal claims. The Government has confirmed its response to the Better combat compensation consultation will be published in February 2018.  It is planning to channel  complaints from…

Better Combat Compensation Consultation response to be published in February

The Government has confirmed its response to the Better combat compensation consultation will be published in February 2018. Under the proposals, combat immunity – which provides an exemption from legal liability for members of the armed forces and the government – would apply to all accidents and fatalities within the armed forces, so the MoD…

Hilary Meredith welcomes statute of limitations recommendation for Troubles-related incidents

Hilary Meredith has welcomed a Commons Defence Committee report recommending that the Government enact a statute of limitations “covering all Troubles-related incidents, up to the signing of the 1998 Belfast Agreement, which involved former members of the Armed Forces”, alongside a truth recovery mechanism that would provide “the best possible prospect of bereaved families finding…

“Reckless” MoD faces thousands of Lariam claims

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has now been approached by over 3000 serving army personnel and veterans who were prescribed controversial anti-malaria drug Lariam and suffered mental health issues and neuropsychiatric side-effects as a result. Having been developed in the US following the Vietnam War, Lariam was made available in the UK in 1989 and was quickly…

Our coroners “foolish”? Max Hastings needs to look closer to home

In today’s Daily Mail, journalist Max Hastings talks about his experience in the army. He says: My own memories of dalliance with the Army more than half a century ago involved an insouciance with weapons, vehicles, parachutes — indeed, risk of all kinds — that would give heart failure to the modern Health & Safety…

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…