MOD to assess troops in Nottingham

Troops believed to be suffering from mental health problems will now be assessed in Nottingham instead of London as part of a move the Ministry of Defence says will save money.

Troops who fear they are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or other mental health issues relating to active service, have been sent to St Thomas' Hospital for assessment.

Soldiers on an armoured vehicle Credit: PA

But the Defence Minister Andrew Robathan said they will now be sent to MoD's Reinforcements Training and Mobilisation Centre in Chilwell, Nottingham.

In a ministerial statement, Mr Robathan said the move was designed to cut costs but said it would also make it easier for troops from the Midlands and north of England to be assessed.

He also said a "high percentage" of troops needing treatment came from the two regions, he added.