Priority to North East veterans' health care

Health chiefs in the north-east of England are working to improve health care for former servicemen and women.

Military and health managers, social services and welfare organisations will join forces for the new forum.

The aim is to increase and improve access to the North East's more than 200,000 veterans.

They say veterans may have different health needs because of their military service, including mental health issues.

Improve outcomes

Among the issues the forum will look at are priority access to health services and artificial limbs and devices.

NHS North East director of performance and systems development Richard Barker said: "Improving health services for our servicemen and women is a priority for NHS North East and we will work through this forum to ensure we live up to this commitment.

"By bringing military, health, social care and voluntary services voices around the table, we can make better decisions and improve outcomes for those who have served their country."

Earlier this month, it was announced GPs would be issued with new guidelines to help them identify veterans in their care and get them treated more quickly.

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