Health Records (Veterans)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 24 March 2021.

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Photo of Maurice Corry Maurice Corry Conservative

On leaving the British armed forces, many veterans experience long delays in their general practitioner surgeries getting access to their military health records. That could delay GPs’ diagnosis of any health issues. Will the First Minister ensure that that matter is addressed as soon as possible, to prevent veterans’ health issues from increasing due to unnecessary delay?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

I undertake to look into the issue that the member raised. I hope that there is a general acceptance and agreement that we take the healthcare of veterans extremely seriously. Veterans should have access to healthcare in the same way as anybody does, and we have taken our wider responsibilities to veterans extremely seriously.

I am happy to look into the member’s specific point and have the health secretary write to him as quickly as possible.