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Medical Records: Veterans

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 145114, tabled on 28 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans were provided with a summary of their medical records when they left the armed forces in each of the last five years.

Answered on

3 February 2021

Primary Care Support England (PCSE) provide support services to primary care contractors on behalf of NHS England and NHS Improvement. When someone leaves the Armed Forces, a summary of their Service medical records (the FMed133) is provided by the Defence Medical Services (DMS) to PCSE. When the individual then registers with an NHS GP in the UK, the FMed133 is automatically provided directly to their new GP practice in England, or to the relevant Home Nation.

While it is not possible to provide data for each of the last five years, PCSE estimate that in this period they received approximately 31,000 FMed133 forms from the DMS. PCSE has recently made changes to ensure these forms can be tracked and reported on in more detail in future.