A new study is calling for a fresh approach to the care received by veterans who have lost limbs in the line of duty. Commissioned by the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF) and amputee charity Blesma, The White Report has been authored by former Royal Marines Captain Jon White, who himself lost both legs above the knee and his right arm at his elbow after being injured by an IED in Afghanistan.
White interviewed a number of fellow veterans, as well as medical staff, and concluded that treatment was often patchy in an NHS that was not set up to cope with such complex injuries and recovery profiles.
Mr White said: “These are young, fit, determined former forces personnel with huge potential for society yet they can experience daily frustration, delay and complications on a needlessly lengthy medical journey. The aim of the report is to help the government create the conditions to allow the potential of our injured service personnel to shine.”
“My recommendations will help veterans return to independence as wage earners, tax payers and to raise families, released from the psychological and physical burden of sub-optimal care,” White continued.
The report called for NHS funds to be redirected to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to allow severely injured veterans to receive treatment at a world-leading clinic in the USA.
Barry Le Grys, Chief Executive of Blesma said: “This is the first report of its kind because it gets to the root of the problems and tells some harsh truths about how we are dealing with veterans. There is much that is good in the NHS but improvements can be made and The White Report shows how we can develop a treatment programme that is fit for veterans and civilians alike.”