'Trench foot' soldiers claim compensation from MoD

A group of soldiers plan to sue the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after suffering from "trench foot", according to reports.

The 150-strong group is claiming compensation of up to £6 million saying that inadequate equipment and training had led to them developing Non Freezing Cold Injury (NFCI) – similar to the trench food experienced in the First World War.

The painful condition leaves sufferers sensitive to cold for life and the claimants – who all come from Commonwealth countries – say it could have been avoided.

Solicitor Simon Harrington of McCool, Patterson, Hemsi, told the BBC’s Today programme he agreed and criticised the "sub-standard" training, kit and supervision the soldiers received.

He called for significant changes to be made across the Army to ensure more people do not suffer from the condition.

A spokesman for the MoD said: "The MoD regrets any injury suffered by our personnel while on duty.

"We can confirm that approximately 150 claims for non-freezing cold injury are currently being investigated. Where the MoD is liable for injury, compensation will be paid."ADNFCR-2070-ID-19223118-ADNFCR

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