Ben Parkinson sues MoD and NHS over care failures 

Ben Parkinson, 33, lost both legs and suffered more than 40 injuries, including brain damage which affected his memory and speech, in a bomb attack in 2006.

He has now announced he will sue both the organisations, over delays in the specialist care he needs since the injuries.

Ben Parkinson was the most seriously injured soldier to survive the Afghanistan war, losing both legs. Left, before the bomb attack, and right, after, pictured in 2007

'We keep being promised things but they don't happen. I'm concerned about other members of the Armed Forces too.' 

The paratrooper was given £152,000 in compensation but that was raised to £570,000 in 2011 after a campaign. 

According to the paper, Mr Parkinson has asked his lawyers to act against NHS England, the Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group and the MoD.

Mr Parkinson appeared in a TV show called Journey Down The Yukon: A Soldier's Challenge

The former soldier also carried the Olympic torch during the London 2012 games, cheered on by his fellow soldiers

The MoD has said a new care package is being developed, while the NHS claims he receives a 'comprehensive' package and it will be reviewed regularly.

The most seriously injured soldier to survive in Afghanistan, he lost both his legs and broke his back, hips and ribs, as well as suffering brain damage, when his Land Rover hit a mine. He was unconscious in a military hospital for three months.

Eight years after the accident, he made incredible progress when he was able to walk unsupported by crutches for the first time. His speech was also becoming clearer. 

Not content with battling back from his horrific injuries, L/Bdr Parkinson was one of a group of injured veterans who took part in a gruelling trek in Norway in 2013.

He claimed he should have higher levels of care than he has received and plans to act against both the NHS and the MoD

The expedition, organised by the charity Pilgrim Bandits, retraced the footsteps of the Second World War heroes of Telemark to mark the 70th anniversary of the mission. 

Along with other amputees and severely injured servicemen, L/Bdr Parkinson travelled 65 miles (105km) across the Hardangervidda in winds of up to 80mph (129kph) and temperatures of minus 30C (minus 22F). 

Prince Charles told the brave man he was an 'inspiration' as he gave him the recognition. 

Speaking moments afterwards, L/Bdr Parkinson said: 'I was surprised at how much Prince Charles knew about me.

'He said I was an inspiration. It made me feel so proud.' 

In 2015, he bravely canoed the Yukon river, one of the most remote rivers on earth. 

His eight-day trip down the Canadian river started on the ninth anniversary of the day he was severely injured by a bomb in Afghanistan, a date he calls 'Survival Day'. 

He had to contend with freezing temperatures, bears, wolves and violent rapids, while living off reduced rations and having to kayak 40 miles a day.

Those taking part could only eat what they could carry in their kayaks and had to camp alongside the river every night in sub-zero temperatures. 

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August 09, 2017

Sources:` Daily Mail

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