NHS ‘completely fails’ veterans on mental health – report

Commons defence select committee calls £10m a year allocation a ‘scandal’

Armed forces personnel and veterans who need mental healthcare are being “completely failed by the system” in some cases, according to MPs.

The Commons defence select committee said in a report published on Monday it was a scandal that, from an NHS budget of more than £150bn, less than £10m a year had been allocated to mental health services for veterans.

The report said the NHS should urgently consult the Ministry of Defence and the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre to establish a world-class centre for treating psychological injuries within 18 months.