Defence Medical Services

Defence Medical Services

The organisation within the Ministry of Defence (UK) which is responsible for the medical, dental and nursing services within the British Armed Forces. The Defence Medical Services are commanded by the Surgeon General. Military personnel who require hospitalisation are admitted to one of six designated NHS hospitals.
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Major General Martin Bricknell, Acting Surgeon General, said: The ribbon cutting marks an important step in the relationship between the Defence Medical Services and the City of Birmingham.
It is important to recognise that this work describes the efforts of thousands of people, from the patrol medics out on the ground, to the vast range of surgeons, physicians, nurses, therapists and scientists in both the Defence Medical Services and the NHS and, most importantly, the sacrifice of the 2,792 casualties, including the 608 who died in service during this decade.
The defence medical services team put up a good fight, but the Coventry City Legends proved they still have what it takes, winning 6-2 against the forces squad.
The awards are open to civilian health staff and military medics working within the Defence Medical Services, the NHS, and private or voluntary sectors.
Healthcare Commission, "Defence Medical Services: A Review of Clinical Governance of the Defence Medical Services of the UK and Overseas," NHS, UK, March 2009, http://www.
Members of the British Medical Association (BMA) unanimously backed a motion calling for the Defence Medical Services (DMS) to make sure it has "appropriate" staff levels.
North Durham's Kevan Jones said he faced similar petitions as a defence minister when centralising defence medical services to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham.
He heads up the Defence Medical Services Training Centre, at Ash Vale, in Surrey.
The statistics were obtained by former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell, who said the shortage must place "enormous strain" on the Defence Medical Services.
The Healthcare Commission carried out the first independent review of the Defence Medical Services (DMS), which provides healthcare for 258,000 service personnel, their families and entitled civilians.
MoD figures show the Defence Medical Services has 240 consultants and needs 690, 20 surgeons instead of 40, 16 emergency nurses instead of 30 and only 46 of the 97 anaesthetists needed.
The former Mountain Ash Comprehensive School pupil and amateur boxer has spent the past year recuperating at the Defence Medical Services Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court in Surrey.
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