preferential treatment for vets question

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  1. I,ve been out of the army for some years now and have recently been refered to see a specialist at the hospital. Whilst I have been seeing the same doctor forquite a few years now and he knows that I had served, while he was writing whatever to the specialist, he pointedly asked me “you did serve in the army didn’t you?”
    I am asking if veterans get any preferential treatment on waiting lists?
  2. Ventress

    Ventress LE Moderator

    I'll ask the long hair RSM and get back to you.
  3. He was probably deducting points off your score card. Have you been waiting long?
  4. Not that i know of.

    The following link is to a new scheme that i discovered in the IFOS this year and gets you loadsa discounts.

    Apparently this card can be used in America as well.
  5. As a war pensioner you can be given preference for any illness that is attributed to your Military service and which you get a war pension for.
    But you would have to point out to the Doc that you are a war pensioner etc etc.

    edited to add:


    Veterans are entitled to receive priority treatment in National Health Service hospitals if they require treatment for an injury or illness for which they are receiving a war disablement pension.
    For further information see Claiming a War Pension.

  6. You will be put on a waiting list that will have you treated within the target time set by the government.

    How long you spend on the waiting list to get on the waiting list is another matter
  7. Armourer is correct - the NHS are supposed to give priority treatment to war pensioners, but only for the condition for which the pension was awarded. The GP should state in the referral that the patint is a War Pensioner.

    There is a document at the end of the page on this link which contains the DoH guidelines and instructions to the NHS. I have also seen a DoH circular reminding NHS Trusts of these arrangements because so many seemed to be unaware.
  8. Although for some reason the above doesn't apply if you live in Northern Ireland! :evil:

    One of my biggest gripes at the moment!!!