Court stands by decision on Gulf war syndromeBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7403.1350-a (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1350
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The High Court in London refused last week to overturn a ruling that officially recognised for the first time the existence of Gulf war syndrome.
Mr Justice Newman dismissed an appeal by the Ministry of Defence against a decision last year by a war pensions appeal tribunal that Shaun Rusling, a former sergeant in the Parachute Regiment, had the syndrome as a result of his service in the 1991 Gulf war.
However, the judge emphasised that he was not making any ruling on the existence or otherwise of Gulf war syndrome, and the judgment will have no …