Consent for the administration of drugs/vaccinations given to 1st Gulf War Veterans.

Alvin Pritchard. made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Defence

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Alvin Pritchard.

Dear Ministry of Defence.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would like to see a copy of all and any consent forms concerning all matters that seek permission from a individual which relate to the administration of any drug/vaccination given by the MOD during the Persian Gulf War of 1990-1, either Pre,During or Post deployment or at any other time thereafter.

The MOD and subsequent governments that came to power since the Gulf conflict have all insisted that consent forms were issued to all British military personnel involved, so a record of such forms must exist if that is the case.

Secondly. Please can you confirm if Gulf Military personnel were either 1.Ordered to take or 2.Offered to take the vast range of drugs/vaccinations that were given to them.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Alvin Pritchard.

SG SecFin-Sec2 (Chandler, Debrah C1),

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Dear Mr Pritchard,

 

Thank you for your email of 16 May 2012, submitting your Freedom of
Information Request.

 

I have attached the response to this email.

 

Kind Regards

 

HQ Surgeon General | Coltman House | DMS Whittington
Barracks | Lichfield | WS14 9PY

 

 

 

 

Alvin Pritchard.

Dear SG SecFin-Sec2 (Chandler, Debrah C1),

Thank you for your reply.

I put it to you that your claim that 1st Gulf War vaccinations were offered voluntary to the troops is a lie.

1st Gulf Veterans were ORDERED to take the drug cocktail without question and that a failure to comply with this order would have resulted in disciplinary action being taken.

1st Gulf veterans would be willing to testify to this as being fact.

I must ask you for proof regarding the information that you claim was disseminated to the troops informing them that the drug programme was voluntary and also for proof that this was actually received by all troops.

Yours sincerely,

Alvin Pritchard.

Mike Sutherland left an annotation ()

I too would love to see the information allegedly disseminated to troops informing them that it was voluntary. I would be interested to see what proof can be offered to demonstrate that the pertinent information was actually received by the troops.

James Heaney left an annotation ()

Please provide the information advice and guidance given to Uk deployed personnel into the dangers /advantages of each vaccine, experimental vaccine, combination of vad to by our ccines and their interactions with nerve agent pretreatment (PB PILLS) and Biological Agent Treatment Sets. I believe no info will be available from 1990/1991 as the MOD did not do the studies and research into this until late or mid 90's. This proves they didn't know what the risks were at the time of experimental administration. My unit did not take voluntary injections or pills, we were ordered to by our section commanders in theatre

Kevin Doughty left an annotation ()

As a Combat Medical Technician (RAMC) I can personally vouch that we were ordered to receive the vaccines and also ordered to innoculate the remainder of 7 Armd Bde out in Theatre.

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

As a combatant with Briton's most senior cavalry regiment of the line. (1st The Queens Dragoon Guards) I can confirm that NO soldier or officer from my unit was ever given a "option" whether or not to take the NBC countermeasure drug regime.

This was always treated as a "order" and we took these experimental drugs in good faith.

James Heaney left an annotation ()

Any member of my unit who refused to take the injections or pills was threatened with disciplinary action for disobeying a direct order. The take up rate was high due to relentless peer pressure and the fear instilled in those who were reluctant

Ian Beedles left an annotation ()

I was 'told' on the 16th August 1990 that I 'NEEDED' the 6 injections I was give. I was not told what they contained, nor was I told that I could refuse to have them.

Mr Tony Merrygold left an annotation ()

I was given the injections, with no explanation as to what they were, nor was i given any choice in the matter, had i been given the choice i would have certainly turned down the injections and NAPS.

P Davies left an annotation ()

My Team and I were given Two (2)complete sets of jabs,one set at RAF Marham and one at RAF Honington, one month apart, as deployment with 617 SQN was delayed. We were Never given any choice or option, we were ordered to have the jabs.

Andrew Coombes left an annotation ()

As a Gulf War 1 veteran i can confirm that the injections were not given on a voluntary basis and there was no information given as to possible health effects. It was assumed that these drugs had been properly licenced and tested prior to them being administered. To suggest that these drugs were given with confirmed consent is nothing but a LIE

David Sephton left an annotation ()

I served with 16/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers in 1990/91 Gulf conflict. Had I had the risks/"advantages" of accepting the vaccines explained and the option to give or withhold consent then I would not have taken up the vaccinations. The situation was that we were ordered to report to the medical centre for the vaccinations and we were not even told what vaccinations we were receiving. If the option of informed consent was offered I would like to see evidence of it.

Alvin Pritchard.

Dear SG SecFin-Sec2 (Chandler, Debrah C1),

I would strongly recommend you read the Annotations attached to this request that are now coming in thick and fast from the 1st Gulf War Veterans that reinforce my claims regarding this important issue.

Yours sincerely,

Alvin Pritchard.

Mike Sutherland left an annotation ()

Below is the contents of a letter sent to Chair of the Appeal Panel (War Pensions) by Professor Ian Robbins:

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The Chair of the Appeals Panel
War Pensions

Dear Sir/Madam

Re: Mr Sxxxx Cxxx DOB 20.09.1965

During the Gulf War (Op Granby) I served as a Royal Army Medical Corps officer and was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. I can confirm that when soldiers
were being vaccinated that they were not offered a choice as to whether or not they accepted them. On all occasions I witnessed there was no evidence of informed consent and soldiers were simply made to line up and accept the vaccinations. The same could be said of NAPS tablets (Pyridostigmine Bromide) where NCOs in front line units enforced their taking.

I realise that the issue of consent has been raised with the suggestion that soldiers had the right to refuse vaccinations. While this is true the soldiers I witnessed being vaccinated were not made aware of that right.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Ian Robbins
Consultant Clinical Psychologist &
Associate Director of Psychological Services

Kerry Fuller left an annotation ()

I served with the Royal Air Force, Tactical Supply Wing attached to the Support Helicopter Force during Op Granby.

Upon reporting to RAF Brize Norton on the 17th Oct 90 to be kitted out we were 'TOLD' to get in line and roll our sleeves up as we had to have some jabs. No explanation was given at anytime as to what they were or what they were for. We certainly had no choice in the matter.

This was repeated again in theatre on 28 Jan 91 when we were 'ORDERED to attend a make shift medic station where we were again just hit with multiple injections with no explanation. Again we were not given a choice in the matter.

So the claim that we were given a choice, had the nature of the vaccines explained to us, or any form of consent either asked for or received from us is a complete fabrication.

So I too would ask that proof of these events, along with the relevant paper work and consent forms are produced at the soonest opportunity to Gulf War Veterans. This would help clear up the confusion and mass amnesia that we Gulf War Veterans are apparently suffering from.

kenny flynn left an annotation ()

kenny flynn
Ex 1st bn Royal Scots
4th amoured brigade
Op gramby 1990-91

We were forced to take the vacinations in the gulf war of 1990 i asked the medical officer what would happen if i didnt take the vacinations as i had seen the state off some of our jocks who had them earlier that day and they were in bits and i mean in bits most off our regiment was ill for a couple off days because off this cocktail off stuff they gave us us any way when i ask the MO what would happen his exact words were

PTE IT WILL BE LOGGED THAT YOU REFUSED THE TREATMENT AND WHEN WE LEAVE THEARTER OFF WAR YOU WILL BE COURT MARTIALED AND SENT TO MILITARY PRISON wtf we just couldnt win

stewart A Colquhoun left an annotation ()

As a Gulf War Campaigner for a number of years it is common Knowledge that a disclaimer wasn't offered nor signed in any shape or form verbal or written.Hitherto when I 1st requested another look at Veterans suffering under Tony Bliar's watch they established a Voluntary Scheme under the White paper I have in my possession,forgetting of course that some would return already vaccinated on the previous deployment.Then one asks if records distroyed in mysterious Fire,a charge of Neglect of Duty of Care under The 1999 Data Protection Act(which entitled all to receive on discharge full copies of medical records held)There is also the fact that when I called The London High Court solicitors dealing with test cases I was informed the Government placed injuction on them under the monopolies law not to take on anymore cases 2500 quoted as the number at that time?All Questionable and doesn't take the brains of an Arch Bishop to see this only needs the right approach to a decent solicitor(If indeed any exist?)to represent a Veteran on the grounds stated above.Problem is getting granted Legal Aid costs?
This dilemia will remain with us I fear as will The IT WISNAE ME CULTURE OF ALL OUR POLITICAL MACHIAVELLIAN MASTERBATORS!!NEMO ME IMPUNE L'ACESSIT.Well done Alvin,as me a Single Voice amongst many silenced!Stewart A Colquhoun For FORGOTTEN VETERANS SUFFERING IN SILENCE AND IN THERAPY.Anon.

SG SecFin-Sec Gp Mailbox (MULTIUSER),

Dear Mr Pritchard,

 

Thank you for your email of 14 June 2012 requesting information about Gulf
War Vaccines.

 

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered 12 July 2012. 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

HQ Surgeon General | Coltman House | DMS Whittington Barracks | Lichfield
| WS14 9PY

 

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Alvin Pritchard.

Dear Ministry of Defence,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ministry of Defence's handling of my FOI request 'Consent for the administration of drugs/vaccinations given to 1st Gulf War Veterans.'

This is because in view of the annotations left by the veterans, we believe that Parliament has been mislead over many years and the veterans have been deliberately lied to about Consent for the administration of drugs/vaccinations given to 1st Gulf War Veterans.

Telling lies about veterans and misleading parliament with false information is clearly unacceptable practice by the MOD that can very easily be proved in this case.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...

Yours faithfully,

Alvin Pritchard.

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

Dear Mr Pritchard

Acknowledgement of Request for a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Internal Review

Receipt is acknowledged of your request for an internal review of your
request for information about the consent for the administration of
"drugs/vaccinations" given to Service personnel prior to serving in the
Gulf 1990-1.  This request was treated by Headquarters Surgeon General as
an information request under FOIA.

The Department's internal target for completing internal reviews is 20
working days and we therefore aim to complete the review and respond to
you by 27 July 2012.

The review will involve a full, independent, reconsideration of the
handling of the case as well as the final decision.

Yours sincerely,

MOD Internal Review Team

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

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PSA

Alvin Pritchard.

Dear CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

Dear Mr. Andrew Tranham.

Thank You for your response.

I would like to draw your attention to page 3 paragraph 6 of your reply.

What is stated regarding the drug regime clearly fell apart and did not happen as the annotations left by the Veterans in this FOI request would seem to confirm.

In addition, Medical Ethics and the use of the correct protocol were simply non existent during the Gulf Conflict of 1990-1.

For this whole affair to be simply swept under the carpet for the last 21 years under the protection of Crown immunity and battlefield immunity is odious to say the least and above all a betrayal to our fine service men and women who took these drugs and vaccinations in good faith after clearly being under the wrong impression that they were being ordered to do so.

I can confirm that the defence minister The Right Honourable Andrew Robathan MP has been informed and is fully aware of this whole situation.

Yours sincerely,

Alvin Pritchard.

Dear CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

The Rt Hon Andrew Robethans claim that the Vaccination Programme was voluntary can not be the case, this is because during the First Gulf War, the jabs were on Part 1 Orders, so under Queens Regulations one had NO choice but to have them or be charged.

Yours sincerely,

Alvin Pritchard.

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

Desert Storm /Operation Granby Injection code words.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/h...

Dear CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

At 17 mins and 15 secs 7 Armd Bde's Commander Brig Patrick Coordingly even admits to the fact that he even did not know what all the inoculations were exactly for.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTl4ACxn3T4

Yours sincerely,

Alvin Pritchard.

stewart A Colquhoun left an annotation ()

Sir Partrick coordingly also promised all 7Bde a real Beer once we crossed the Basra Road into Kuwait,we are still waiting this promise???????????????
Why doesn't he make a stance and have this re-addressed properly.We all strive for an answer whilst trying to explain to GP's what's up with us?
We need an answer not more money thrown at whitewash research.Stats show Multi Symtoms Illnesses are the results of these illegal vaccinations.admit they got it wrong before more Veterans die leaving questions unanswered?Let's hope Top Brass step up to the Mark and don't Fall on their swords through self gratification as many have done in the past?

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

It is very understandable why inoculations were needed at that time for the protection of our troops, however, in my opinion, the drugs and vaccines that were used was a reckless combination by way of being too hastily selected and sanctioned through government pressure and panic of which the long term health effects were clearly unknown at the time.

For the establishment to simply hide behind Crown immunity to evade justice when troops later became ill en mass was a act of cowardice and betrayal as was the establishments underhanded claim that troops gave their full consent in theater to receive this secret drug cocktail.

stewart A Colquhoun left an annotation ()

No consent was given by disclaimer or verbally,even in Voluntary Drugs Trials disclaimer is signed and those taking part paid.These were not licensed drugs/vaccines at the time.Two years ago we saw Drug addicts Families taking the same Anti Anthrax Injection Treatment taken to court as leading to premature death of self inflicted health problems and paid out from source Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmacudicals.Theirs was due to Trace Anthrax in Heroin origin of the drug Afganistan????????Settled up on self inflicted grounds?We fight on WHY????A VETERAN CAMPAIGNER MET WITH SILENCE FROM CAMERON AND HIS CABINET MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR REPLY,I HAVE FMED DOCS PROOF,which Labour used in their white paper for the Voluntary Vaccines Op Telic 1 Iraq?

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

This whole subject matter stinks of a cover up.

stewart A Colquhoun left an annotation ()

Hi Alvin,cover-up indeed they can no longer cry Crown Immunity as you can now take the Crown Againgst Crown.The PROBLEM IS WHO WILL TAKE ON YOUR CASE,this type of Legal Conjecture takes 5-7yrs to resolve?We as did the miners will probably have to wait until sufficient numbers pass away,a political party has the decency at some point to raise the compensation issue and payment on death if death certificate says death attributed to service Gulf 90-91 Conflict.Won't be many GP's of that era around by the time and if New Legislation on Compensation comes to fruition.It is very plain to see that all those once approachable have taken the Hypocratic oath and Machiavellian stance on this.Fear The Syrians will fair better if Chemical Warfare used in the up-coming response to THE COME-ON situation I have spoke off for some years.Our Troops in a training role or otherwise will be seen as collateral damage.I again commend your stance Alvin,yet I fear we are ignored by these Millionaires of the back of the hoodwinked voters they care F ALL ABOUT!!We shall overcome with persistance!

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

Why is it that 1st Gulf veterans themselves have to turn detective
and prise out one by one the ingredients that were used in this
secret experimental chemical soup of which the long term health
effects were clearly not known at the time that they were forced
upon us ? (by way of being official battlefield orders)

The fact that the British government now officially documents that
the whole vaccination programme was voluntary all along (presumably
after discovering that over 4,000 veterans later become seriously
ill or have died) is absolutely unforgivable and is viewed by
veterans as being a most heinous act of cowardice and betrayal ever
by the British establishment.

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

Mike Sutherland left an annotation ()

Para 226, Page 46 to save people searching.

Michael Taylor left an annotation ()

And something the British government continues to do . Its the nature of the beast

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

Gary null ... Killing our own.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVw49cAbc_w

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

Gulf War Cover-up Exposed.

www.disabledveterans.org/2013/03/14/gulf...

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

First physical evidence of Gulf War Illnesses discovered in veterans brains.

http://www.georgetown.edu/news/physical-...

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

mark brown left an annotation ()

none of the jocks in my regiment were asked, we were lined up and given the shots. and after we were in tatters i was ill for days, and with regards to naps one every eight hrs which was overseen by sgt sep sutherland who is an nbc instructor in our plt.we were given the deck that the combo pens would not work or take effect if you did not take the naps tabs. we were nothing more than lab rats wae a army num cheers......NOT!!..sir i am ex 24849783 fus brown mortar plt 1 rhf

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

Sounds a very familiar story Mark.

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

Study affirms Gulf war illnesses are genuine.

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-new...

Mike Sutherland left an annotation ()

Looks like the RAC have been hiding things in much the same we we suspect the SPVA have here:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/a...

stewart A Colquhoun left an annotation ()

As A Veteran Campaigner I have recently with the production of my Fmed Doc containing vaccines such as Anthrax 1+2 and Partisus(Whooping Cough)had my War Pension increased and Fibromyalgia(A Multi Symptoms Illnesses related condition)accepted as being attributed to service?????Far be it for me to say told you so,but I feel for those without Fmed docs to achieve likewise!!
I have in the past asked colleagues to take another direction on this,ie:due neglect and duty of care of sensitive documentation Medical In Confidence under the data protection act 1996/7 amended and recent law allowing all to request a full copy of all documentation held covering Service in The Armed Forces and Civilian NHS documentation.After all this is what we are entitled to and are asked to allow A.T.O.S. access to for Pension Medical Assessments?
Or are we an elite group void of this fair treatment?
I have never visited my GP so much,prior to service hardly ever unless under parental guidance and concern,whilst working in Civi Street prior to service 1985.Passed A1 fit for recruitment into H.M.Forces.Diagnosed after 7yrs with 4 Duedenial Ulcers after facing gruelling remedial sessions,Body shops,carrying out my own fitness etc.Specialists reaction IT'S NOT OVER YET FOR YOU GULF WAR VETERANS!!
Only after threatening Legal Action and producing paperwork in defence I was informed Peptic Symptoms would be attributed to service in the early days of War Pension Claim.
We need to support Alvin in his plight for Justice,I have lost colleagues in unusual and unexpected suicide,premature death,and many who suffer in silence to this day.Help give them all a voice,HELP FOR HEROES won't Afghan is their cash cow with salaries of £100,000 from the previous £75,000 they've granted themselves and other hangers on?

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

Gulf War Illness and the Health of Gulf War Veterans:
Research Update and Recommendations, 2009-2013.

http://www.bu.edu/sph/files/2014/04/RAC2...

chris left an annotation ()

hi everyone
i got a phone call last week from my last surviving aunt
She's just moved house and was telling her next door neighbour about her family (myself included)
Her neighbor asked if i had served in the gulf.
I joined the REME aged 23 in 89/90
First posting 1 Scots Guards (LAD) Hohne Germany
before i knew it we where off to the gulf as BCR's
after a brief training stint in Senelager for a bit of training and a few jabs (bubonic plague/anthrax etc.)?
We certainly didn't have a choice!!!!
I didn't keep in touch as much as i should have done until the gulf then it was blueys to everyone !!
One of the reasons my aunt phoned was to ask me about my never ending visits to hospital for ops.
I've suffered from cysts (some quite aggresive) about 20 years now and am scarred quite considerible on my face and other places.
My first op was in a Bosnia field hospital,i've still got the scars to prove it. That one's never healed like many more!!!
I came out of the army in 2001 and moved to Northumberland and as you would expect went to register with a doctor over the border in Scotland and found all my medical docs had been lost!!
Has anybody else come across this ???
CHRIS

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

Chris : This is all too common & unfortunate fact that many OP GRANBY veterans have been reporting for years that their Gulf service medical records have been mysteriously removed from their Armed Forces personal medical history documents.
For such high numbers representing all three services I would argue that this was deliberately done on orders for purposes of litigation avoidance.

chris left an annotation ()

hi alvin
thanks for your reply
it sounds like the docs issue is quite common??
have you heard much about the cysts issue ??

Also could you please point me in the right direction of formally submitting a request for my med docs?

thanks
chris

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

Chris : A wide range of illnesses (including cysts) have been long diagnosed in veterans of the 1st Gulf war.

Former Army personnel who wish to receive copies of their service records under the Data Protection Act are required to submit a Subject Access Request (SAR), accompanied by verification of identify (a photocopy of a driving license or passport or a recent utility bill) to the following address:
APC MS Support - Disclosures 2
MP 535,
Kentigern House,
65 Brown Street,
Glasgow
G2 8EX
Tel: 0845 600 9663
Fax: 0141 224 3172
Email: APC-Sp-ParlDiscl-Dis2-Mailbox@mod.uk

Hope this helps
Best regards.

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

Study links genetics, anti nerve-agent pills to Gulf War illness.

http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/...

Mike Sutherland left an annotation ()

The actual paper can be found here:

http://www.ehjournal.net/content/14/1/4

Mike Sutherland left an annotation ()

The only issue with making PB the "culprit" is that it doesn't explain ill non-deployed vets who are ill such as Alan W and Alex I as I don't "think" that they took PB.

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

Biopersistence and brain translocation of aluminium adjuvants of vaccines.

http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/1...

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

"Direct Order" Documentary (Full) - Soldiers Ordered To Take Anthrax Vaccine & Got Brain Damaged.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDDMsvEr...

Colin Beswick left an annotation ()

This is exactly what happened to UK Servicemen and Women in the 1991 Gulf conflict, 25 years on Tens of 1000 just from the UKnalone are very seriously ill from the Governments treating all as test Rats.
On the video it's beyond belief that Governments are still doing the same as far as 1999. What does it take for Governments around the globe to stop this barbaric and illegal testing.
Peoples heads should roll rather than being internally promoted and individuals should be looked after and compensated accordingly not in 50 years time and an apology from the then prime minister or president

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

Gulf War Illness: Documents Prove UK and US Military Personnel were Injected with Untested Vaccines...
http://vaccineimpact.com/2016/gulf-war-s...

Rob Moore left an annotation ()

I was in the gulf December 90 to April 91. I was never offered informed consent and was instructed to line up with everyone else, when I said I did not want the injections I was told I wold have to go in-front of the commanding officer and explain myself. We were lined up and jabbed and threatened with disciplinary action if we refused them. This resulted in my getting my first ever migraine and a chest infection serious enough to be hospitalised in 22 field hospital over Christmas
As for medical docs, As a regimental clerk, I personally put together my own medical docs and dispatched them to manning and records office, I can without a shadow of doubt state no information was missing from my medical records. after submitting a FOI request on my records there is nothing relating to the gulf, therefore, that information has deliberately been removed from my records. I do have my bmed 27, thankfully I had the foresight to slip that into my pocket.

Alvin Pritchard. left an annotation ()

Researchers find evidence of DNA damage in Veterans with Gulf War illness ~ U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
https://www.research.va.gov/currents/101...