National Assembly for Wales

WAQ76550 (e) Tabled on 18/05/2018

What estimate has the Cabinet Secretary made of the number of a) male and b) female armed forces veterans inpatient or outpatient mental healthcare in each of the last five years?

Answered by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services Answered on 30/05/2018

The Welsh Government does not routinely collect this information.  We do receive information on the numbers of veterans seen as outpatients within the Veterans NHS Wales service:

 

2012-13         329

2013-14         390

2014-15         542

2015-16         607

2016-17         633

 

However, this would not reflect the totality of those seen within all mental health services, such as specialist services, inpatient services, nor those who choose not to disclose their veteran status when presenting. 

 

Equally we do not collect the detail of those veterans within mental health services with the specific diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  The Veterans NHS Wales service estimates that approximately 64% of veterans assessed by the service meet the criteria for PTSD.

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