Last week an ex-Royal Marine commando won a landmark compensation case against the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD). This came just days before Parliament’s Defence Select Committee held a follow up sessions exploring MoD duty of care issues and failings.

Philip Eaglesham contracted Q fever while deployed in Afghanistan in 2010. It was known to present in southern Afghanistan at the time of his deployment and French and American military personnel were prescribed the relevant medication.

From the Guardian

Afghanistan veteran wins landmark Q fever compensation claim

An Afghanistan war veteran who contracted Q fever has won a landmark compensation claim against the Ministry of Defence that could pave the way for payouts to others.

Phillip Eaglesham, a former Royal Marine commando corporal, contracted the chronic condition two days before he was due to return home from a tour of duty in 2010.

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From Forces TV

MPs To Probe MoD’s ‘Duty Of Care’

The Ministry of Defence has been criticised in a number of court cases and inquests for failing to fulfil its duty of care to its employees. 

MP’s last year started to investigate this and will hear more evidence [on Tuesday of this week].

In December 2015, specialist lawyer Philippa Tuckman told the sub-committee that the MoD does not fully understand its duty of care to service personnel. 

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If you would like to read more about the Defence Committe’s session on duty of care, please click here. Link includes video and further information.

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