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Combat immunity

Posted: 3 October 2017

The Times

Sir,

As it comes under pressure to make savings, the Ministry of Defence must not abandon its duty of care to the brave men and women who serve our country ('MoD accused of cooking books to hit Nato target', Sep 26).

The government has confirmed, under the pretext of cutting costs, that the MoD intends to pursue measures to prevent negligence claims being brought by service personnel and their families, opting instead to decide on its own terms — and behind closed doors — if it thinks claims are valid.

Not only would expanding what is known as combat immunity deny service personnel access to justice, it would also remove public accountability that ensures when things do go wrong lessons are learnt that can save lives.

Joe Egan
President of the Law Society of England and Wales