Increase In Funding For Combat Stress from MOD

oldbaldy

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The Veterans Minister, Derek Twigg, announced today an increase of 45% in the fees paid by the MoD and the Scottish Executive to the charity Combat Stress. In cash terms, this sees the daily fee paid by the MoD to Combat Stress for the treatment of each eligible war pensioner increase from around £180 to around £260 a day.

The increase will be phased. There will be a 28% increase from April 2007, rising to 35% on 1 October 2007 with a further fee increase to 45% from 1 January 2008.

The increases will apply to all three Combat Stress treatment centres Tyrwhitt House and Audley Court in England, where qualifying war pensioners are funded by the Ministry of Defence, and Hollybush House in Scotland, where funds are provided by the Scottish National Health Service.

The Veterans Minister, Derek Twigg, said:

"The MoD is already the single biggest contributor to Combat Stress and last year we gave them £2.5 million. This increase represents a significant boost to the charities finances and is the latest improvement that the MoD has made to help veterans suffering from mental illness. Late last year, for example, we introduced a new mental healthcare programme for recently demobilised Reservists and earlier this year we extended the Medical Assessment Programme at St Thomas' Hospital to veterans with mental health problems."

Commodore Toby Elliott, Chief Executive of Combat Stress said:

"I am delighted that the MoD has substantially increased the fees we are paid for providing treatment to qualifying war pensioners. Combat Stress is experiencing a significant rise in demand for our very specialist services by veterans many of whom are badly damaged and in desperate need of our help. We aim to give mentally ill veterans the best possible care, and to do this properly we rely very heavily on continued Government support. That said, about 52% of our work still has to be funded from charitable donations for which we are equally reliant on the generosity of the British public."

In the longer term the MOD is working closely with the devolved administrations, the NHS and Combat Stress to develop a new model of community-based mental health care for veterans. This will address the assessment and treatment of veterans suffering from mental illnesses. The intention is to run a number of pilots across the UK and to assess their effectiveness over two years ahead of wider roll out. Further details of this initiative will be announced in due course.

http://www.modoracle.com/news/detail.h2f?id=14309


Not before time!
 
#2
Is it actually going to happen? The timing with election fever tec. is highly suspect, lets see the results in Combat Stress's accounts next year before we give praise.
 
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oldbaldy said:
It's on the Combat Stress website, so gives them less wriggle room.
Been away the past ten years have you? :wink:
 
#5
Ultimately it's still a charity doing the job that the Government should be doing (Military Covenant), so whilst it's better than nothing, it's still not what it could or should be! :x
 

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armchair_jihad said:
oldbaldy said:
It's on the Combat Stress website, so gives them less wriggle room.
Been away the past ten years have you? :wink:
Smart arrse. :wink:
 

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DozyBint said:
Ultimately it's still a charity doing the job that the Government should be doing (Military Covenant), so whilst it's better than nothing, it's still not what it could or should be! :x
Nearly all service charities are doing the work of the government. I think the local social services must have my SSAFA number on speed dial. The requests for assistance from them are nearly always to allow someone to continue to live in their own home. If we didn't provide the aids they needed it would be off to the granny farm. :evil:
 

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pitbull10 said:
Just one point i'd like to ask , what about those veterans that dont qualify for combat stress because there problems have come up well after there service ended?????
even harder to get help for those guys

Combat stress can still help Pitbull.
 
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pitbull10 said:
Just one point i'd like to ask , what about those veterans that dont qualify for combat stress because there problems have come up well after there service ended?????
even harder to get help for those guys
combat stress specifically helps ex-service personnel
 
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oldbaldy said:
pitbull10 said:
Just one point i'd like to ask , what about those veterans that dont qualify for combat stress because there problems have come up well after there service ended?????
even harder to get help for those guys

Combat stress can still help Pitbull.
I'll second that - having spent a few weeks working at Combat Stress, the majority of people who are in contact with the place developed there 'problems' a number of years after there service life was over.
 
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pitbull10 said:
Just one point i'd like to ask , what about those veterans that dont qualify for combat stress because there problems have come up well after there service ended?????
even harder to get help for those guys
My PTSD didn't strike until 5 years after I left the Army. Combat Stress helped me get a war pension etc and I've been going there for the last 15 yrs.

Combat Stress help those that have served in the Forces and have Mental Health problems, whenever the mental health problem first happened.
 
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Sluice_dweller said:
and whatever the mental health 'problem' is!
There used to be an 'attributable to service' criteria or similar. Has that changed now?
 
#15
Neuroleptic said:
Sluice_dweller said:
and whatever the mental health 'problem' is!
There used to be an 'attributable to service' criteria or similar. Has that changed now?
Do you mean for help from Combat Stress ?

edited to add:
From Combat Stress website "....we have been the only services charity specialising in helping those of all ranks from the Armed Forces and the Merchant Navy suffering from psychological disability as a result of their service."

So it would seem that the criteria hasn't changed.
 
#16
However, the Prime Minister said: “If the commanders on the ground want more equipment — armoured vehicles for example, more helicopters — that will be provided. Whatever package they want, we will do.”

He also defended the Government’s decision to send injured soldiers to NHS hospitals, saying that they received more specialist care.
Taken from Times Online 07/10/06

This is cynical electioneering from the Party charlatans. Will they pay up? To answer that, just answer "did the Labour Government give troops in Afghan all they needed to do the job, after explicitly promising to do so?"

My reaction is 'will they fcuk.' This is just Gordon backtracking for being a cnut on Monday.
 
#18
"treatment to qualifying war pensioners"

You will get up to 6 weeks treatment if qualify with a War Pension of 30% or more. I was MD from the Army last year with PTSD, I only get 20% War Pension so I do not qualify for the 6 weeks treatment, as I am a charity case so I'am lucky if I get 2 weeks a year.
 
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themonsstar said:
"treatment to qualifying war pensioners"

You will get up to 6 weeks treatment if qualify with a War Pension of 30% or more. I was MD from the Army last year with PTSD, I only get 20% War Pension so I do not qualify for the 6 weeks treatment, as I am a charity case so I'am lucky if I get 2 weeks a year.

I qualify for 6 weeks but have never got more than 2 weeks due to the amount of people that attend.

So far this year I have had 1 visit of 1 week.
 

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