Bullying and harassment are not always verbal. Some of our clients have been physically and sexually abused. Every assault that happens represents a shocking breach of trust – in every instance by the perpetrator, but sometimes by the chain of command too. The claim would usually be against the assailant, but it is often against the Ministry of Defence.
If a doctor working for the Forces agrees to treatment which doesn’t cause any physical harm but makes it impossible for you to continue serving in the military, there will be a possible claim against the MoD and/or the doctor for losses relating to the premature ending of your career.
Chronic Compartment Syndrome
This is an inflammation of the muscle inside the walls that divide it and is brought on by overuse. Effective treatment exists but if a military doctor fails to recognise it, the result can be that the serviceman or servicewoman is discharged because they can’t seem to get fit. Chronic compartment syndrome is unusual in civilian life but not unusual in the military.
Delayed diagnosis of cancer
Military Medical Officers have the same duty to recognise the signs of early cancer as civilian GPs. Regardless of whether a person is a member of the services or a civilian, if he presents with a testicular lump, for example, and this “ticks the boxes” for an urgent referral, that referral should be made.