Did a search and failed to find anything relevant to this A furious row broke out between Whitehall departments last night as a Defence minister publicly pilloried his senior government colleagues over what he said was their failure to provide health services for former members of the armed forces. The Veterans minister Kevan Jones accused Health ministers of "not listening" to the needs of troops suffering severe â and sometimes hidden â traumas from Iraq and Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has insisted that former servicemen and women are given priority on the NHS. But a Department of Health strategy launched yesterday to improve mental health services makes no mention of veterans. The New Horizons programme will host "listening events" around the country to consult a "wide range of people", and will promote the mental health benefits of mother and toddler groups, lunch clubs for the elderly, inner-city sports societies and community arts projects. A health spokesman conceded there were no plans to talk to armed forces organisations as part of the programme.