May The Forces Be With You
Manchester GP leads call for better understanding of veterans’ health issues
As Armed Forces Day approaches a GP backing the day by asking people to show compassion for health issues faced by service men and women.
Dr Peter Fink, from South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The service personnel I see in my practice can often need additional support for issues like post traumatic stress disorder, based on what they have experienced during their careers.
“This can be a cohort of people who have been so badly affected that adjusting back into normal, civilian life can be very difficult. Crisis points can make the condition much more severe and this is why long-term support is needed.”
Dr Fink, who used to work in Australia 25 years ago, says that he was impressed by how the country had a dedicated health provision for veterans.
He says: “What I saw in Australia helped to shape my views on how doctors can help veterans. But I think a wider message is that an event like Armed Forces Day is also a time to think compassionately about the mental and physical effects some people – and their families – face after active service.”
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