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War veterans lose compensation battle

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 29 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1166
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    British war veterans who say they have post-traumatic stress disorder are considering an appeal after losing a £100m ($164m; ‡138m) compensation claim against the Ministry of Defence in the High Court last week.

    Lawyers said only a few of the 2000 claimants would be able to go ahead with their claims after Mr Justice Owen rejected their arguments that the ministry had breached its duty of care in its system for dealing with service personnel with the disorder.

    The group action by soldiers who fought in the Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland, the Persian Gulf, and Bosnia accused …

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