Reserve Forces: Health Services

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Nia Griffith Nia Griffith Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Armed Forces Pay Body Review Report 2018, page 20, paragraph 2.59, what plans his Department has to extend military medical and dental care to reserve personnel on Full Time Reserve Service.

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Defence

Armed Forces personnel who are undertaking Full-Time Reserve Service (FTRS) on a Full Commitment basis are entitled to receive military healthcare and dental treatment. There are no current plans to extend this cover for those FTRS personnel who serve on a Limited Commitment or Home Commitment basis as Limited Commitment and Home Commitment FTRS have a limited liability to deploy away from their home locations, where they should already have access to such provision under the NHS. If personnel serving on Limited Commitment or Home Commitment were required to deploy on operations, they would first have to be mobilised, and they would then become entitled to receive military medical and dental care for the duration of their call-out and to treat any illness or injury attributable to their mobilised service.

All FTRS personnel may be treated by Service medical or dental staff in cases of emergency at their place of duty and are covered by Occupational Health. Occupational Health includes rehabilitation for injuries sustained during training.

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