Contact UsVeterans Scotland
New Haig House
Logie Green Road
Tel: 0131 550 1569
Fax: 0131 557 5819
The Health & Wellbeing Groupis the lead within Veterans Scotland on all Health and Wellbeing provision related matters to ensure that the Veterans community in Scotland is well informed on how veterans can access care appropriate to individual needs. The group brings together those member organisations who provide health & wellbeing to veterans in a common forum whose agenda includes:
The Armed Forces community is made up of:
In Scotland, there are around 15,000 serving personnel and reservist personnel. It's estimated that the veteran's population, which includes all former national service personnel, is around 260,000 (as of 2014).
Veterans have a number of health rights which are unique to them. To help veterans better understand their rights and the resources available to them, we've compiled a useful list below.
Under long-standing arrangements since 1953, war pensioners are given priority NHS treatment for the conditions for which they receive a war pension or gratuity, unless there is an emergency case or another case that demands clinical priority. These priority treatment provisions were then extended to all veterans who have a condition that is likely to be related to their service.
As a result, veterans should receive priority treatment for health problems as a result of service to their country, unless there is an emergency case or another case that demands clinical priority.
Veterans should not be given priority treatment for conditions unrelated to service in the armed forces.
It is recognised that, with much faster access to NHS treatment for all patients, the priority treatment provisions are less significant than they were in the past. However, as set out in the Scottish Government report Renewing Our Commitments (PDF, 967KB) where a person has a health problem as a result of service to their country, it is right that they should get priority access to NHS treatment, based on clinical need.
The Scottish Government and the Ministry of Defence are aware that confusion can arise when “priority treatment” is interpreted as “preferential treatment”. The Scottish Government is working together with MoD and Veterans organisations in Scotland to provide information which clarifies this issue. Further information is available here on the NHS Inform website.
SCOTTISH VETERANS COMMISSIONER CALLS FOR A REINVIGORATED APPROACH TO VETERANS’ HEALTHCARE IN SCOTLAND AND MORE AMBITION AND INNOVATION IN MEETING THEIR LONG-TERM NEEDS
In his latest report published today (Wednesday April 24), The Scottish Veterans Commissioner has called for a return to the days of more attention, ambition and innovation in meeting the long-term health and social care needs of Scotland’s veterans’ community.
A copy of the report is available here