Military psychiatrist says the government is failing in its duty of care to veterans

A leading military psychiatrist has accused the government of failing in its duty of care to veterans.

Neil Greenberg, Professor of Defence Mental Health at King’s College London, says former personnel are being left frightened and alone – despite the existence of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Professor Greenberg says the promise to give priority health care to veterans in need is not being met, and those not being treated are feeling uncared for.

A recent Defence Select Committee report highlighted the problem, stating that the NHS ethos is to prioritise patients based on their clinical needs rather than their background. MPs have announced an inquiry into the Military Covenant.

As Professor Simon Wessely at King’s College has previously highlighted, there is a still a lack of medical support and understanding surrounding military veterans – particularly regarding PTSD.

The newly formed Office for Veterans’ Affairs has an important role to play in improving this situation as so much more needs to be done to recognise the unique pressures our veterans face.

Hilary Meredith