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Government agrees to screen war veterans for uranium exposure

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 20 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:130
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The UK government has agreed to screen veterans from the Balkan and Gulf wars for uranium exposure caused by depleted uranium munitions. The government had initially offered to screen veterans of the Balkan war only but eventually offered voluntary screening to Gulf war veterans too, after taking a severe public relations bruising from leaks that undermined the Ministry of Defence's stated position.

    The defence minister, John Spellar, told the House of Commons last week that the risk from depleted uranium munitions was “negligible,” but he was called back the next day to explain a leaked army draft report from 1997 that called for …

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