HC Deb 08 July 1994 vol 246 c368W
Mr. Paice

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what priority is given to ex-service men and women within the national health service; and what steps her Department takes to ensure that this is widely known throughout the national health service.

Mr. Sackville

Ex-service men and women do not normally have priority within the national health service. However, if they are war pensioners they are entitled to receive priority examination and treatment for the condition or conditions for which they receive a pension or received a gratuity. Health service guidelines (94)28 dated 16 May, which is standing guidance, reminded the national health service about this entitlement. Copies of the guidance are available in the Library.