Concerns that family doctors are not asking people if they had previously served in HM Armed Forces needs to be addressed in accordance with the spirit of the Armed Forces Covenant according to Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell who was a member of the Committee which introduced the Covenant.
Speaking in the House of Commons during Defence Questions this afternoon, Sir Bob asked whether across Government Departments there was sufficient understanding about the Covenant.
He then mentioned the Department of Health and the importance of general practitioners being requested to ensure that when dealing with those with hearing impairment they ascertained whether the person had served in the Forces because this could be a factor in the cause of their condition.
Afterwards Sir Bob explained that he had recently been briefed by a charity engaged in helping military veterans with hearing problems who want this question to form part of the medical diagnosis because this could entitle them to specific help under the terms of the Armed Forces Covenant.
Liberal Democrat Sir Bob is a member of the Defence Select Committee.