In 2008, the Scottish Government set out our commitment to recognising the unique circumstances and sacrifices that we ask our armed forces personnel to endure, acknowledging the considerable contribution that they and the veterans' community make to civil society in Scotland.
At the heart of this commitment is the need to address the unique and diverse health needs of serving military personnel and those leaving the Services as a consequence of ill-health or injury, as well as those of veterans whose health conditions may take many years to become manifest and may not be obviously linked to their Service.
The Scottish Government is committed to:
- Extending the Priority Treatment scheme to all armed forces personnel/veterans, including Reservists
- Increasing the level of health service awareness of armed forces personnel/veterans' needs
- Providing services for veterans and their families who experience mental ill-health
- Ensuring that injured armed forces personnel/veterans have access to State of the Art prosthetic limbs
- Increasing dental service provision in areas with increased Forces populations
The Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans Joint Group was established in 2009 to monitor the progress of these commitments. The group includes representatives from a wide range of stakeholders, including the Armed Forces, veterans' organisations and charities, NHSScotland and the Scottish Government, and is chaired by the Director-General Health and Social Care and Chief Executive NHSScotland. Meetings take place annually.
In Autumn 2012, a State of the Art Prosthetics Short Life Working Group was established to plan and implement the recommendations of Dr Andrew Murrison's report A Better Deal for Military Amputees in Scotland: