A veteran is defined as anyone who has served for at least one day in HM Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve) or Merchant Navy Seafarers and Fishermen who have served in a vessel at a time when it was operated to facilitate military operations by HM Armed Forces.
Veterans with physical injuries or mental illness attributed to service life are eligible for priority treatment. Ensuring that veterans are offered priority treatment will undoubtedly benefit the patient as they will be seen sooner and will be able to begin the recovery process in a timely manner.
Upon leaving the services, responsibility for the veteran's healthcare rests with the NHS. To ensure that veterans are offered priority treatment. Being a veteran does not automatically warrant priority treatment.
The practice aims to implement policies and procedures that meet the diverse needs of our service and workforce, ensuring that none are placed at a disadvantage over others, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. Consideration has been given to the impact this policy might have in regard to the individual protected characteristics of those to whom it applies.