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The last armed service hospital

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 01 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1213
  1. Philip Fulford, Editor emeritus, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, British edition (
  1. 3 Bankside, Alverstoke, Gosport PO12 2NH

    EDITOR—The decision to close the Royal Hospital Haslar at Gosport was announced by the Ministry of Defence amid some woolly proposals for a new centre for defence medicine and promises of money for recruitment. The headline in medicopolitical digest called this a boost for service medicine1; it seems more like the kiss of death.

    With no established centre of clinical expertise and training it will be impossible to maintain some important functions. Military wings in civilian hospitals have failed to provide rapid clinical services for …

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