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Gulf war syndrome case collapses

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 12 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:367
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. BMJ

    A compensation claim by more than 2000 British veterans over Gulf war syndrome has collapsed, because there is not enough scientific evidence to prove their case in court.

    The Legal Services Commission, which faces a bill of around £4m ($7.4m; €5.8m) for the eight year legal battle, is expected to withdraw legal aid this month. Taking the case to trial in the High Court would have cost taxpayers another £4m.

    Although no final decision on funding has been taken, the veterans' lawyers—the current chairman of the bar, Stephen Irwin QC, and solicitor Patrick Allen, senior partner of the …

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