A Plymouth MP and the chief executive of the country’s leading military charity for mental health are calling for the establishment of a national framework of mental health care for veterans. According to the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) medical discharge report there has been a “significant” rise in the number of service personnel being discharged due to mental health related reasons in the last two years. And the country’s leading veterans’ mental health charity, Combat Stress is reporting a 143 per cent rise in veterans accessing its support in 10 years. Improvements to the system have been introduced by NHS England since April 2017 and include the mandatory recording of the total number of veterans each mental health care trust or provider is treating. Prior to April this was not mandatory: information revealed via a series of Freedom of Information requests to all of the UK’s mental health care trusts in November 2016, revealed that more than half of those that supplied data, did not make a total record of how many veterans they were treating. Despite improvements, there is an absence of an agreed, statutory, unified system of care for veterans for every mental health care provider to follow, nor an agreed, statutory training or awareness programme for mental healthcare professionals to deal with the specific needs of former service personnel, resulting in a “patchwork approach” to care from one trust to another. This is the exact issue the Sandbag Times raised with the MOD in 2016. The failings in the NHS system reflected the inaccuracy of the statistics given to the MoD and the Government. It would be interesting to see the ammended statistics in due course. Somehow, I fear the true figures may never be truly revealed in fear of a public outcry.