MoD to pay more compensation to troops for injury or death in combat
Over a month ago
[Soldiers practice their medical emergency skills at Camp Bastion - Defence Imagery]
Members of the armed forces or their families are to receive more generous compensation if they are injured or killed in combat, Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary has promised.
Sir Michael Fallon, will announce a consultation on how better to compensate troops and their families, amid fears that the risk of one day being sued for negligence could end up tying the hands of wartime commanders.
Sources said the proposals will include a new scheme allowing personnel or their families to be awarded “better compensation for injury or death in combat, without having to bring lengthy and costly legal cases”.
The MoD was culpable in both the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts in failing to provide appropriate equipment for troops on the ground. Fallon said court cases were often costly as well as time-consuming. The compensation would be roughly equal to the kind of payments awarded by the courts, he said.
The chief of the defence staff, Sir Stuart Peach, said: “Clarifying combat immunity and offering better compensation will remove the need for legal action and the courts will no longer have to second-guess military decisions. This will allow our armed forces to do their job knowing they, or their families, won’t have to go to court for compensation in the case of injury or death in combat.”
Lawyers reacted warily to the announcement, welcoming the prospect of improved payments as a result of death or injury from combat but scepticalabout how generous it will turn out to be.
Read the full article within The Guardian: HERE