Wounded British troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are receiving inadequate medical treatment similar to that reported by American veterans, relatives and British media reported Sunday. Families of the wounded British soldiers have also complained about widespread mental health problems among veterans, with some suggesting that health services in both Britain and the U.S. have been stretched by lack of planning for the conflict. ...
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The Sunday Times said some British troops suffering from mental problems after service in Iraq and in Afghanistan are waiting up to 18 months for treatment with Britain's public-funded National Health Service. Veterans are entitled to priority NHS treatment for "disabling conditions" that result from their service, but many are being put on long waiting lists, the paper said.
The Independent on Sunday said an investigation had found that more than 21,000 British service members from Iraq have developed anxiety and depression. ... The Ministry of Defense told The Associated Press on Sunday that 2,123 British service members had been treated for mental problems after returning home from the Iraq war, as of September.