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Defence in the Media: Sunday 16 September 2018

Defence news today includes reporting on private healthcare for service personnel.

Private healthcare

The Mail on Sunday today reports that the MOD has spent money on medical procedures for service personnel at private healthcare clinics. The People also reports on this issue, with an article focused on mental health of serving personnel and veterans.

An MOD spokesperson said:

Secondary healthcare for the Armed Forces is largely provided by the NHS. However, in the event that a local health service is not able to provide a medical procedure that is occupationally necessary, the case will be considered by the MOD and funds may be allocated for treatment.

Army

The Mail on Sunday today carries an article on drug use in the Army, and the Army's stance on drugs.

An Army spokesperson said:

Drug abuse is incompatible with military service and personnel are subject to random compulsory drug testing.

This has always been our policy and, except in exceptional circumstances, soldiers caught taking drugs can expect to be discharged.

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