HALTON'S MP Derek Twigg has announced a major expansion of medical and mental health services for combat veterans who have served in Afghanistan, The Gulf and the Falklands Wa r.
Mr Twigg, who is Under Secretary of State for Defence, Veterans' Minister and MP for Halton, announced last week that the MoD's current Medical Assessment Programme which was established to help Gulf War veterans, will now benefit a wide range of veterans seeking help with service-related injuries.
And he pledged that all veterans who have served since 1982 can benefit from a mental health consultancy programme based at St Thomas's Hospital in London.
The purpose of MAP is to investigate veterans' concerns, to provide diagnosis and recommend options for treatment. The service is free.
The Ministry of Defence also pays for further tests which MAP doctors recommend.
War veterans' healthcare remains the responsibility of the NHS.
Mr Twigg said: 'I am delighted to be able to announce that we are opening up the Medical Assessment Programme at St Thomas's Hospital to a larger group of veterans.
'This is designed to help address service-related mental health issues among veterans.
'I hope our former service personnel make use of this excellent programme if they or their GP have any concerns that they are suffering from a medical condition linked to their military service.'