GP MP leads post-traumatic stress disorder initiative

The government hopes to set out plans to help GPs identify armed forces personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by the end of July.

Dr Murrison to lead post-traumatic stress disorder reform
Dr Murrison to lead post-traumatic stress disorder reform

Qualified GP Dr Andrew Murrison, Conservative MP for Wiltshire South West, will lead the initiative after being appointed parliamentary private secretary to prime minister David Cameron.

Dr Murrison said: ‘We need a system that is more proactive early on, rather than leaving people for a decade or more before they present to their doctor.'

The government will outline its approach before parliament's summer recess. Clinical guidelines are likely to come later, Dr Murrison said.

The system adopted will ‘hone down more closely' on armed forces personnel in service and after they leave to determine if they are likely to have a problem, and ensure they are referred promptly to an appropriate specialist.

It may involve collaboration between the DoH and armed forces to create ‘a mechanism for calling veterans to ensure they are well', which would operate in tandem with existing  NHS services, Dr Murrison said.

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