Q Fever Soldier granted permission to Appeal

Former soldier Wayne Bass, who lost his legal claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after contracting Q fever in Afghanistan, has been granted permission to Appeal.

Mr Bass’ solicitor, Dianne Yates from specialist military law firm Hilary Meredith Solicitors, confirmed that the Appeal is listed to be heard on 5 and 6 December 2019 at the Royal Courts of Justice.

She commented:

“Wayne remains in poor health as a result of the Q fever he contracted in Afghanistan. While he is exhausted by the whole process he is determined to fight on.

“The Army knew Q Fever was rife in Helmand. It was a preventable risk. The MoD’s failure to provide Wayne with antibiotics was a breach of their duty of care.”

Said Wayne Bass:

“I was devastated when the Judge ruled against me, but I am not going to give up.

“I don’t want what has happened to me to happen to others.

“Soldiers accept there are risks and do their best, but to be made seriously ill because the MoD didn’t take the simple step of providing antibiotics is wrong. I want Soldiers and officers to be made aware of the risks of Q fever and the devastating consequences it can have.”

In 2011, Mr Bass, a private serving with 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, was deployed to Helmand Province, to an area known for its heavy Taliban presence and fire. His platoon was responsible for reconnaissance and protecting other forces.

It is there that he contracted Q fever, an infection caused by bacteria most commonly found in cattle, sheep, and goats.  Initially, as is typical with the disease, he experienced flu-like symptoms and an army doctor diagnosed Q Fever.

Intravenous antibiotics failed to cure him and following periods in hospital and at the MoD’s Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey, he was diagnosed with Q Fever chronic fatigue syndrome and discharged from the Army in 2014.