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Plea over Gulf War syndrome
Alex Izett
Alex Izett wants a Scottish Parliament inquiry
MSPs have demanded to know what the Scottish NHS is doing to help victims of so-called Gulf War Syndrome.

They made their plea after hearing a petition from a former soldier.

Alexander Izett claims he has been left with brittle bone disease as a result of the nine injections he was given in preparation for the first Gulf War.

Mr Izett says up to 2,000 Scottish veterans have suffered from the effects of the inoculations and he wants them to be given special NHS treatment.

Last year, a war pensions appeal tribunal ruled that the brittle bone disease suffered by Mr Izett, who is originally from Cumbernauld but now lives in Germany, could be linked to the injections.

Many symptoms

The decision was hailed by Army veterans as the first official recognition of Gulf War syndrome.

The term is associated with a vast array of symptoms including fatigue, nausea, fever and depression.

It has been attributed to injections, depleted uranium ammunition or even Iraqi chemical weapons, although some believe it could be psychosomatic.

But the Ministry of Defence has never admitted there is any such thing as Gulf War syndrome.

This stance has infuriated many veterans who feel that there has never been a proper investigation into the issue.

On Wednesday Mr Izett asked the Scottish Parliament to mount its own inquiry.


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