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Conservatives' debate

Conservative AM Mark Isherwood called for a residential care centre for Welsh ex-servicemen on 7 November 2012.

Leading his party's debate, Mr Isherwood raised concerns over the current NHS provision for the treatment of dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Wales.

"If the treatment wasn't complex, there wouldn't be such a high number of suicides amongst ex-servicemen, and so many in prison and sleeping on the streets," he argued.

The North Wales AM cited alcohol and drug abuse as some problematic alleviators to PTSD in the absence of appropriate counselling and support services.

Plaid Cymru AM Elin Jones stressed the importance of sharing information between the armed forces and health services when servicemen are released from duty.

The needs of police officers, fire fighters and members of the ambulance service who suffer from PTSD should also be considered according to the leader of the Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams.

Responding to the debate, the minister for local government and communities stated that he was "rightly proud of the government's work in treating PTSD".

Carl Sargeant AM admitted however that more needs to be done in terms of service supply through the government's All Wales Mental Health Service as the demand for services is ever increasing.

The motion as amended was agreed.


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