ISHERWOOD: HEALTH MINISTER EVADES QUESTION REGARDING DATA ON EX-SERVICES PERSONNEL PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 February 2012 09:42

 

 

AN Assembly Member is concerned that the Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has failed to reveal whether the Welsh Government has data on the increasing number of ex-forces personnel returning home to Wales and on the sort of ongoing physical and mental health needs that they have.

North Wales AM, Mark Isherwood,  is keen to know what details the Welsh Government has on the ex-forces personnel returning to Wales and questioned the Health Minister on the matter in the Assembly this week. However he was disappointed that she evaded his question and will therefore be pursuing the matter with her further.

 

Speaking in the Chamber, Mr Isherwood, who has long been calling for improved health service provision for ex-forces personnel, said:As a result of the constant struggle of veterans and their families in Wales to seek help, Healing the Wounds, a post-traumatic stress disorder charity in south Wales, and Opreco Healthcare Ltd, working with north Wales campaigners, have agreed to work with and support each other. In fact, the first meeting of the re-galvanised veterans support group in north Wales was held on Monday (in Old Colwyn). What details does the Welsh Government have of the number of ex-forces personnel returning from places like Headley Court? What year-on-year data does the Welsh Government have available on the increasing number of ex-forces personnel returning home to Wales and on the sort of ongoing physical and mental health needs that they have, so that in working with the third sector you can plan to deliver on both their community and residential needs within Wales?”

Speaking afterwards, Mr Isherwood added: “The Health Minister failed to answer my question regarding the data. We still don’t know whether the Welsh Government has this data, but without it they would be planning services for ex-forces personnel in a vacuum. I am therefore going to write to the Minister and again request an answer.”

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North Wales AM Mark Isherwood, Shadow Minister for North Wales, Communities and Housing

 

 

 

 

 

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