Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has raised the issue of provision for those with PTSD in Northumberland in the House of Commons.
It follows contact from Shilbottle resident Stephen Latimer, who bravely spoke out about his condition in the Gazette in April, claiming that he and his fellow veterans going through the same thing are being badly let down in Northumberland.
In a candid interview, Stephen, who served in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers from 1996 to 2004, explained that he had been sent ‘from pillar to post’ in his efforts to get the help he needs.
He has been treated by the NHS as well as being in contact with charity Combat Stress, ever since he was diagnosed around six years ago.
Both Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group said that provision was in place.
During defence questions on Monday afternoon, Mrs Trevelyan asked: “Will the Minister meet me to discuss the gap in provision in Northumberland to support the growing number of veterans on my patch who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder?”
Mark Lancaster, Defence Minister responsible for personnel, veterans and welfare, replied that he was happy to discuss it, but was ‘not aware of any gaps in service provision in the area’.
He said: “A wide range of services is available to those suffering from PTSD in that region, including the Veterans Wellbeing Assessment and Liaison Service, run by the local NHS foundation trust, which provides outreach and assessment workers and utilises existing community, primary and secondary-care mental-health services across the North East.”