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Fred Holroyd: Ex-surgeon backs 'false mental illness' case

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"It was an appalling thing to ask someone to section someone for a political reason, and I believe this was a political reason," he said.
Captain Fred Holroyd pictured in 1974
'I was in the way'
Mr Holroyd resigned from the Army in 1976.He has claimed on many occasions that he was victim of an internal war between elements of the British intelligence services.Lawyers representing Mr Holroyd in his writ against the MoD say his claims are supported by military medical records released in 2016, which state he "presented without any material psychiatric symptoms and remained entirely rational at all times".When asked why be believed the military authorities would act in the way he has alleged, he said they wanted to get rid of him."To keep me quiet about my complaints about what had been going on in Ireland," he added."I was in the way and I think the policy was eased in over me and I had to be got rid of." Mr Holroyd is claiming damages from the MoD for unlawful detention, and is also seeking compensation for loss of pay and military pension. His lawyers claim that no one with any qualifications in psychiatry assessed his mental condition.
'Inappropriate to comment'
"I have always said that there was nothing wrong with me and that I was not mentally ill," Mr Holroyd told the BBC. He is also seeking an apology."All I've ever said is just say 'we made a mistake, we're sorry, and what can we do to make it right'. They've never said that."In a statement the MoD said that "as legal proceedings are ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment at this stage".
Ministry of Defence
Mental health
British Army
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