Military medical services to be restoredBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7152.166a (Published 18 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:166
- John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
Reinforcement of the defence medical services is a key theme of Britain's strategic defence review announced by the government last week. It is to include the recruitment of 250 hospital specialists, nurses, and technicians as well as a series of operational changes to restore the medical capability of the armed forces.
In a statement to the Commons, the defence secretary, George Robertson, spoke of “serious weaknesses in our hollowed out and demoralised defence medical services.” Last year the Commons defence committee said that Britain's military medical …