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Veterans to be GP priority

GPs are to be instructed to give military veterans priority treatment from the NHS, the Department of Health said last week.

Up to five million veterans will be eligible for fast-track access to specialist care for injuries or ill-health related to their service.

Six dedicated mental health units are also to be set up across the UK to help soldiers suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.

Veterans will be able to go to the units - in Staffordshire, London, Cardiff, Newcastle, Scotland and St Austell in Cornwall - directly or be referred by their GP, ex-service organisation, the Veterans' Welfare Service or Social Services.

The plan was unveiled by the Department of Health and the Ministry of Defence.

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