John Major: 'Troops are let down by compensation system'

A former prime minister has stated that troops wounded in the Afghan war are being denied the injury compensation that they are entitled to.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph today (July 24th), Sir John Major criticised the current state of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, saying it does not adequately provide for the lifelong disabilities and mental distress suffered in war.

Although he conceded that the present scheme has "worked well" in situations in which there is clear and undeniable evidence of injury, Mr Major argued that in more complex cases procedures too often work against the claimant.

"This is an important point because, as our servicemen and women remain engaged in hostilities, complex combat injuries resulting from multiple physical – and mental – injuries are increasingly common," he wrote.

Mr Major’s article follows the announcement that Graham Hopps, the engineer who suffered horrific injuries in a roadside bomb blast in Basra, has lost his GBP 1 million injury compensation claim.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19281441-ADNFCR

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