A new package of support for seriously wounded armed forces personnel has been launched.
The joint agreement between the MOD and NHS England, developed with the Department of Health and Social Care, will ensure that individuals with very complex and enduring healthcare requirements transitioning out of the military into civilian life will continue to receive comprehensive support.
The new approach will benefit individuals such as Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, who was severely injured in Afghanistan. Ben has been medically discharged from the Army, following agreement with his family that his care needs would continue to be met in civilian life.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
Ben has given a lot for this country and I’d like to thank him and his family for all they have done throughout this process.
We have now agreed a package of support for Ben, to ensure that he gets the right care as he leaves the Army and moves into civilian life.
This new support package will also benefit other serving personnel who have been seriously injured.