Care for amputee ex-troops reviewed (UKPA) 16 hours ago The Government has launched a review of how the NHS looks after former British service personnel who lost limbs serving their country. Armed Forces charities have raised concerns that the civilian health service is not adequately equipped to support amputee veterans to the same standard provided at the military's Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey. Dr Andrew Murrison, a former Royal Navy medical officer who is now Conservative MP for South West Wiltshire, will lead the review. He will look at future funding for technologically advanced prosthetic limbs, minimising the "postcode lottery" in services and the role of service charities like the the British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association. Dr Murrison said: "The provision of prosthetics service for the armed forces at Headley Court is recognised as exemplary and it is important to identify and understand possible issues that may arise for NHS providers or veterans when striving to maintain the same level of service in the future." Health Minister Simon Burns added: "I am grateful to the service charities for bringing this to our attention. "We remain firmly committed to ensuring that military personnel will continue to receive the standard of prosthetics issued by the Ministry of Defence at Headley Court when they are discharged. "Service personnel risk everything in the service of this country and the NHS must provide the first class care that these brave men and women rightly deserve and help to improve their health outcomes." Dr Murrison is expected to report back by the end of June. Interesting article, I was lucky to be beneficiary of revised rules post Feb 2010 but it appears not all are. My experience is that I, pretty much, get what I ask for but as I live in SA the process can be a little long winded. I am also lucky that HMG (via the Veterans Agency) have accepted my service injuries in full and seem willing to support me. I now have what I call the RM (picture to follow if required) leg (my children still call it the robot leg), fantastic, pain below all experienced before and I can trust it to do what I want when I want. Cost out here was about R140,000 (GBP12,000, paid for by HMG) but to me and my family worth every penny, my children (6 and 9) say Daddy is so much more fun. However, I only have one leg, no spare and this is a concern. I would be interested to know other peoples experiences. Given the sad numbers of new BLESMA members, this year alone, we need to ensure that ex-service care is just as good as in-service care wherever you may choose to live. As a member of BLESMA, I think that this would be useful research to assist them in their pressure on NHS and Govt.