MP encourages local GPs to become 'veteran friendly'
MP James Heappey is encouraging all GP practices in his constituency
to become veteran friendly following the announcement of NHS Englands
new national scheme this week.
Military Veteran Aware Accreditation has been adopted by NHS England
and the Royal College of GPs.
aims to improve the treatment of veterans, thereby ensuring they
are able to access dedicated care should they require it.
Heappey a former Army Major and has welcomed the announcement
and written to each of the medical practices in the Wells constituency
to encourage them to sign up.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I think this is excellent news and
I want to encourage practices in Somerset to achieve the accreditation."
my work with local veterans groups, I know there are plenty of ex-service
personnel in our area who are struggling particularly with
their mental health and that is often exacerbated when they
feel the agencies that are trying to help them do not understand
what they have been through."
believe this will mean a great deal to an important part of our
community and I look forward to working with the medical practices,
should they need my assistance."
order for GP practices to become accredited, they must appoint a
lead for veterans issues within the surgery, identify veterans
on their computer system as well as attend dedicated training to
increase understanding of veterans health needs.