In light of this new evidence it is likely that GPs will be issued with new guidelines, helping them to identify veterans in their care so they can be treated more promptly.
The new guidelines, which come from the Royal College of GPs, the Royal British Legion and Combat Stress were established to allow conflict veterans to receive priority treatment for any conditions relating to their military service. However, one year down the line and almost 60 per cent were not being treated any more promptly than other patients.
Despite guidelines being issues to GPs to help them identify likely candidates, it is thought many are missing out on their early treatment entitlement as the current GP registration process does not require veterans to declare their history.
Peter Poole from Combat…