Armed Forces: Huntington's Disease

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 25th May 2023.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Labour, Leeds Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December to Question 103013 on Armed Forces: Huntington's Disease, when he plans to next review the ban on those at risk of developing Huntington's disease from serving in the Armed Forces.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

As stated in the answer to Question 103013, all of the medical employment standards for the Armed Forces, including those relating to Huntington's Disease, are kept under periodic review, taking into account academic reviews of the field, subject matter expert consultation and consensus.

The evidence in policy correlates with national guidelines and there are currently no plans to change existing policy on Huntington's Disease.

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