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British soldier sues army

Started by: tradertall
On: 21/01/2019 | 07:52
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by: tradertall
on: 21/01/2019 | 07:52 edited: 21/01/2019 | 07:53

A former soldier is suing the Ministry of Defence after contracting Q fever in Afghanistan.

 

Wayne Bass claims his life has been ruined by the Army's failure to provide antibiotics which would have protected him from the disease.

 

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-46919853

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by: kenralph
on: 21/01/2019 | 08:49

@tradertall wrote:

 

Wayne Bass claims his life has been ruined by the Army's failure to provide antibiotics which would have protected him from the disease.

 

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-46919853

The report clearly states they gave him intravenous antibiotics...

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by: majorincident
on: 21/01/2019 | 08:59

@kenralph wrote:

The report clearly states they gave him intravenous antibiotics...

Which failed.  The irony of not giving the soldier doxycycline because of its interaction with anti-malarial drugs is that doxycycline is itself a malaria treatment

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves.
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by: eileenusher
on: 21/01/2019 | 09:38
Doxycycline should be given to all troops to prevent this, it dosent counteract anti maleria drugs as pointed out by majorincident it is in fact a treatment for maleria.
So for saving a bit of money they put the future of there troops at risk to this disease it would seem, and ruined this ex soldiers life and others as there's more suit's filed, these men are fighting for our country willing to die for it if necessary all precautions should be taken to safeguard them while doing this.
The Mod is at fault in my opinion,especially as it may seem its another budget money cost cutting exercise it would seem.
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by: andyslc
on: 21/01/2019 | 09:48

@kenralph It states in the article that doxycycline should have been given as a prophylactic. Ie to prevent. This is according to an associate professor in cellular microbiology. MOD vs Prof?

 

My betting is the bottom line is money. They cycled thousands of troops through Afghanistan and had 200 cases per year with only a 3rd of those symptomatic, This is a numbers game, pure and simple. Probability vs cost.

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by: kenralph
on: 21/01/2019 | 09:56

Doxycycline is as cheap as chips. From superdrug it's £27 for a two week trip, remember SD are making a profit..

 Given that an average UK soldier has cost the government approx £20,000 per year...I doubt if it's money.

 The soldier was given treatment, very sadly it never worked.

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by: nefarius
on: 21/01/2019 | 10:02

So he is suing them not providing antibiotics, which they did, and not for a vaccine which they didn't? Who'd join the army? 

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