Govt 'must do more to help PTSD veterans'

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The government needs to do more in order to help war veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an MP has stated.

According to Stephen Phillips - who represents the constituency of Sleaford and North Hykeham - additional support must be provided for people returning home from military conflict with such mental health issues.

Mr Phillips told the House of Commons that he was recently visited by Suzan Pratt - widow of veteran Martin Platt - who informed him her husband suffered from the effects of PTSD long after leaving the Army and had not received sufficient help from the authorities.

The official indicated there is currently "little understanding" within the civilian medical community with regard to the impact of later-life PTSD in military personnel and "very little joined-up thinking between agencies responsible for the care of veterans".

With this in mind, he urged the Ministry of Defence to step in and enhance the level of service available to its former employees.

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04/01/2012 14:06