Government convenes behind-closed-doors meeting of experts to discuss illnesses from first Gulf War
A behind-closed-doors meeting of experts will take place in London this week to discuss illnesses from the first Gulf War.
Hilary Meredith-Beckham, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester, confirmed the meeting on Talk TV’s Veteran’s Voice following discussions with Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Johnny Mercer.
Hilary, who was appearing on the programme with Hugh Andree, CEO at ForcesSelect, said: “Johnny Mercer has revealed that a meeting of experts will take place in London this week. We await its findings with interest.”
Added Hilary: “There is increasingly strong evidence that MoD vaccines, which were given without informed consent, led to veterans suffering Gulf War illnesses.
“There is also the question of whether collation forces destroyed a chemical plant poisoning our own troops. We are currently reviewing the operational maps to provide location data from the first Gulf War.”
Although 28 February 2023 marked the 32nd anniversary of the end of the Gulf War, Hilary says justice can still be served.
She added: “We have a letter from the Treasury Solicitor dating back to 1997 in which they confirm that limitation - a legally specified period beyond which an action may be defeated - will not be raised as a defence.
“Over time, those involved in decision making have retired from post and perhaps reflected on their role in the first Gulf War and the legacy issues caused as a result.
“We sent men and woman into a highly toxic environment without understanding how to adequately protect them.
“Untried and untested inoculations were given without informed consent. Our troops were treated as guinea pigs.
“In addition, we knew of various toxic exposures once deployed and false information on the ground exacerbated those exposures.”
Concluded Hilary: “Now is the time to acknowledge the mistakes that were made, recognise the health issues our veterans are suffering from and provide adequate compensation. Treatment is too late for many.”