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The Ministry of Defence said that the Government was firmly committed to ethically sound evidence based therapies where there was evidence that they worked, and that such evidence was usually obtained from reports of suitably designed studies in the published peer reviewed medical literature. As chiropractic care had not been endorsed by the NHS, the Ministry of Defence considered that it was not appropriate for it to raise awareness of ‘Hands for Heroes’ amongst Serving and ex-Service personnel. [NOTE: Although the care was ‘free’, a £50 deposit was required to show “a serious commitment on the part of the veteran to wanting to improve their health” and “to prevent abuse of the valuable care being donated by not turning up for scheduled visits”.]