Welsh Assembly debates the problem of PTSD in combat veterans

The Welsh Government is to continue to provide further support for service personnel who face post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a debate held in the Welsh Assembly last week has confirmed.

Dr Carole Allan, President of the British Psychology Society, welcomed the news: “It is important that this issue continues to be recognised and that politicians put in place policies to help those that suffer from PTSD. On behalf of the Society I would like to congratulate members of the Welsh Assembly who have made this commitment.”

Moving the motion, Conservative shadow health and social services minister Darren Millar recognised the commitments made by service personnel and the devastating impacts of PTSD, and called on the Welsh Government to “acknowledge the inadequacy” of current services for sufferers, and to undertake a comprehensive review into progress in improving PSTD treatment services.

He praised the work of the third sector, notably the Royal British Legion, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association and others, and called for a more thorough review into PTSD services, as previous reviews had been too broad.

Moving amendments to the motion, Health and social services minister Lesley Griffiths underlined the Welsh Government’s responsibilities to serving military personnel and acknowledged that ongoing service commitments would result in greater needs for future PTSD support.

The All-Wales Veterans Health and Wellbeing Service was a positive example of support, providing an experienced clinician as a veterans’ therapist on each local health board, she said.