As one who was discharged in October 1992 with a physical / mechanical problem from the Army, who then went onto suffer with PTSD / Anxiety / Panic attacks and family breakdown, I have been looking into the systems are care within the NHS. In short according to a written answer from RT Hon B Bradshaw, the NHS / DoH have still not sent any formal guidance to GPâs across the UK. As it is the NHS who deals with ex serving members of Her Majesties Armed Forces, it would be reasonable to ask WHY the family GP are not being sent the appropriate national guidance, good practice and policy, to deal with all such cases. The Hull PCT held a conference called âBeyond Combatâ, dealing with the way the NHS deals with those suffering from Combat Related Mental Health illness. IN fact Hull have a dedicated Mental Health service for ex serving members, this has been in place for some years, would that have anything top do with their CEO being ex military? I have read that on any one night in London, there are some 1,100 ex members of the forces sleeping rough, along with one in eleven of those in prison are ex members of the forces with Mental Health problems! Does no one else seem a theme appearing? The charity âCombat Stressâ are the ONLY group working with ex members of the forces who present with Combat Related Mental Health illness and those are ONLY the ones who have admitted to themselves THEY have a problem, and then seek help. Then there are those who IF they are receiving support through Combat Stress are being denied NHS care and support, their choice in simple, âItâs either orâ! Another who has been told he has up to 12 triggers, yet his PCT will only fund the treatment for TWO of the 12 and until he threatened to go to the local press in Peterborough, he was refused the âPriority Treatmentâ that has been promised, to all who have served, who now suffer with a Mental Illness. Not surprising, he got the next available appointment. A Dr. Ian Palmer who runs the âMilitary Assessment Programme (MAP) from St. Thomasâs Hospital in London, is a way for a GP to get their patient assessed, however, how many GPâs know of this service from an ex military physiatrist? As for myself, I spent much of the 1990âs on SO much prescribed medication with little or no therapies offered, I lost SEVEN years of my life. So now I neither trust or care for the service as it is at present. I have tried to make these issues know, but the Mod deny their responsibilities, the NHS who seem unable to unscramble the mess, the ex service charities who have no one trained in supporting those with Mental Illness and then you have Combat Stress but only if that is known to your GP? There are some very large gaps for those who now still fight their wars every day and night, since leaving the TEAM they knew the ONLY TEAM that supported them while they served, yet once out, they and their families are very alone and some very ill people who the NHS are letting down for serving their country. Perhaps IF there were TARGETS for ex forces Mental Health care, ALL those who are now affected would get the right care and treatments they are due and many could be returned to being a full working and integral part of their community and not of the fringes of OUR society as many feel right now!