Veterans sue Ministry of Defence over post-traumatic stress disorder

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:563
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence was accused this week of widespread failure over more than two decades to deal with the psychological effects of combat on soldiers, as a group action by nearly 2000 former servicemen got under way at the High Court in London.

    The case, one of the biggest personal injury claims to reach the UK courts, could cost the ministry £500m ($711m; €818m) if it loses.

    The former soldiers, veterans of combat in Northern Ireland, the Gulf, the Falklands, and the Balkans, have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and other stress conditions. They claim …

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