|Help for Heroes
||I wish to know what your position is and that of the Conservative Party on help for returning servicemen and women from conflicts. I cannot see how it can be right that people have to fundraise through charities like Help for Heroes to ensure proper care for injured armed services personnel whereas this Goverment has sent millions of our pounds to countries such as India and China. I saw on television yesterday that a sponsored cycle ride took place to raise funds for the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court - why? This is something that should be automatically funded as should all care for our service personnel on their return from military operations. This is a matter on which I feel very strongly.
|Date Issue Raised:
||02 Jun 2008
Thank you for your email regarding the important issue of the treatment of wounded servicemen. I read your comments with great interest as my constituency contains many families from the Armed Services.
There is an understanding in our society that when we send people out to fight and potentially die in our name, our part of the bargain is to make sure that they and their families are properly looked after.
I am concerned to hear that some NHS treatment has fallen well below the levels the Armed Forces have the right to expect. The Government must ensure the proper medical care is in place.
I believe that, for our troops to return home wounded and be placed in civilian wards, is simply unacceptable. For those who have been traumatised in combat, healing of the mind is as important as healing of the body. The best place for this to happen is in a ward which is exclusively military, where they can recover along side their comrades who understand what they have gone through. We owe it to those who have risked their lives on our behalf to treat them with dignity.
Best wishes, George Young