In early March 2017 I visited a specialist about an old injury to both my hands which was incurred during my time aboard HM/SM Alcide. Lately I have experienced severe cramps in both hands. The doctor prescribe Physiotherapy in the form of paraffin wax treatment. I was quite familiar with this treatment as it is one of the treatments received at the time of the injury in 1964. I contacted Foreign Services to ask for approval to have the treatment carried out. It costs approximately $50.00 pre session in private clinics. I tried the hospital first but was informed there was at least a one year waiting list. Foreign Services applied to the UK (MOD) for the approval. They replied they needed more information, not sure what info that was. I have a complete medical record with the MOD and my hands are a pensionable injury. Technically, I’m a disabled veteran although I don’t think of myself as such. When I consider today’s electronic info is passed on in the blink of an eye, it was difficult to understand the long delay.. However, March turn in April then June and still no approval was received. I email the British pension dept and finally received a reply telling me only two people worked in this dept and they were swamped with requests for treatment. I was told I’d just have to wait and be patient!! Good job my ailment wasn’t life threatening. Finally two days ago after several more phone calls and emails, I finally got the approval.
I hear of Canadian veterans falling through the cracks and or failing to receive necessary medical treatments in a timely manner. It occurs to me the Ministry of Defense (UK) and the Department of Veteran Affairs must be reading from the same page in the service/treatment manual for Veterans. In my case it wasn’t vital. but what if it had been. I wonder how serious it is for those who need immediate treatment. Its time veterans received the treatment they need when they need it.
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