Johnny Mercer MP: “The Ministry of Defence has Betrayed Our Armed Forces’ Mental Health”

For many years, British service personnel have been treated with a controversial anti-malaria drug despite warnings issued by its manufacturer. The Commons defence select committee, of which I am a member, has heard from scientists, lawyers and servicemen to try to understand why.

… our military handed them out like confetti; issued them with rations and bullets from the stores. Countless personnel have been affected, leading to years of trauma and, for some, even forced confinement in secure mental health units.

… I cannot help believing that the MoD either didn’t care – because mental, not physical, health was affected and was therefore harder to connect to the drug – or was too lazy to look after people properly, in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. read more

Johnny Mercer, The Ministry of Defence has betrayed our armed forces’ mental health, The Times, 24  May 2016.


Johnny Mercer is Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View and was a Captain in 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery

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Alistair Bunkall, MoD could face civil cases over malaria drug use, Sky News, 24 May 2016.

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Catherine Philp, Soldiers to sue MoD for ignoring malaria drug fears, The Times, 24 May 2016.



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