A leading army figure has quit over the "appalling" and "shoddy" treatment of troops, it was reported today.
Lt Col Stuart Tootal, commanding officer of 3 Para, wrote a resignation letter condemning soldiers’ poor pay, lack of equipment, standard of army housing, and NHS treatment, according to The Sun.
Lt Col Tootal, 42, was frustrated at being unable to train men properly due to lack of equipment and was angry at the "shoddy" care injured paras had received at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, the paper said.
The officer, who has been hotly-tipped to one day head the Army, is quitting his £70,000-a-year post.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his leadership of 3 Para when they spent six months in Afghanistan last year – but he could be out of the Army by March.
But the Ministry of Defence defended its treatment of soldiers.
The department said: "We go to great lengths to look after our people on operations.
"In operational theatres our personnel get the very best medical support possible.
"The standards are exceptional – one only has to visit the Military Hospital at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province [Afghanistan] to witness the first class medical care.
"Back in the UK Selly Oak represents the very best of the NHS."
The MoD also thanked Lt Col Tootal for his 20 years of loyal service.
But can the MoD defend these headlines?
The Army spends more feeding its dogs than its soldiers, it has been claimed.
Figures obtained by a Tory MP show that £1.51 a day goes on meals for troops, compared with £2.63 for military dogs.
TROOPS wounded in Afghanistan are being flown home in sheets and towels because top brass have scrapped free pyjamas, it emerged yesterday.
Our Boys have nothing to wear in hospital and so are making the long flight back in “an assortment of unsuitable gear”, sources revealed.
As if being lied too over the reasons we went to war in the first place isn’t bad enough!
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