HEALTH / WELL-BEING

A better deal for military amputees

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Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have generated a sharp increase in the number of amputees who will leave the Armed Forces up to 2020. In addition, commitments made by ministers to improve prosthetics for veteran amputees in January 2010 were not funded risking a crisis as NHS limb centres face rising demand with fixed resources.

This review through its twelve recommendations suggests a way forward that will honour the Armed Forces Covenant and benefit the wider amputee community. Its principal recommendation is that the special provision anticipated for injured veterans in the 2010 Armed Forces Bill is delivered for amputees through national specialist commissioning of prosthetics and rehabilitation.

Full Reference

Murrison, A., 2011. A better deal for military amputees. Available at: <https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/215338/dh_130827.pdf>.