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Nottingham move for soldiers with mental health fears

British soldier with a gun
Image caption The move has been designed to cut costs said the Ministry of Defence

Soldiers believed to be suffering from mental health problems will be assessed in Nottingham instead of London.

They will now be sent to the Ministry of Defence's Reinforcements Training and Mobilisation Centre (RTMC) at Chetwynd Barracks, in Chilwell.

In a written ministerial statement, Defence Minister Andrew Robathan said the move was designed to cut costs.

He added that it would also make it easier for troops from the Midlands and north of England to be assessed.

A high percentage of troops needing treatment came from the two regions, Mr Robathan added.

Troops who feared they were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or other mental health issues relating to active service, were previously sent to St Thomas' Hospital, in London, for assessment.

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