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Improvements needed in care for UK military veterans

Injured UK veterans are not being given the healthcare service they were promised by the government, says the report ‘The Armed Forces Covenant In Action Part 5: Military Casualties, A Review Of Progress’ (HC 527).

The Armed Forces Covenant promises that veterans will be sustained and rewarded.

How does it affect me?

If you are a serving member of the armed forces or a veteran, if you are close to someone who is, or if you are concerned with the government’s record in helping veterans, then this will be of interest to you.

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NHS must improve its screening advice

‘National Health Screening’ (HC 244) examines the NHS’s record in screening for diseases such as cancer, and concludes that the service must get better at highlighting the dangers of screening.

The report, by the Science and Technology Committee, finds that while screening can pick up diseases early and improve the odds of survival or quality of life, it can also lead to overdiagnosis.

How does it affect me?

If you are a medical professional, if you are considering attending screening or if you are concerned with the NHS’s performance in this area, this will be of interest to you.

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Reforms needed for UK border and immigration system

The Committee of Public Accounts report ‘Reforming The UK Border And Immigration System’ (HC 584) criticises the Home Office’s record on dealing with the former UK Border Agency (UKBA).

In March 2013, the functions of the UKBA were transferred to the Home Office, which set up a new agency in its place, UK Visas and Immigration.

How does it affect me?

If you are employed by UK Visas and Immigration, if you are awaiting a decision on your leave to remain in the UK, or if you are concerned with the performance of the government in dealing with immigration, then this will be of interest to you.

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