When I was a theatre nurse there was a lot of talk about what a jolly good idea it would be to have a single CEG of ODP, which would be drawn from existing theatre techs and theatre nurses (each doing a bit of token cross-over training).
Of course, the fly in the ointment was the partisan, divisive, federated nature of the AMS. One CEG, it was argued, would have to be united under one cap-badge. The QAs would not allow their nurses to be subsumed into the RAMC and the RAMC would see ODPs going to QA only over their dead bodies.
Result - jolly good idea becomes a stalemate, all over which stupid bloody cap-badge you would have to wear.
(For the record - throughout my 5 yrs TA and 8 yrs regular service I remained a staunch advocate of a single cap-badge AMS, precisely because of this sort of infantile boll**ks!)
Please stop I just remembered the old jokes when RAMC nurses re badged to QA. O the long heady days of urine extraction, please say it is so, it will be like a kid in a sweet shop we will not know who to take the p1sh out of first, grey Mafia or ODP. Please say it is so.
I heard a rumour that all of the old QA gray knickers had been brought up by the head and former deputy head of the ODP cadre....allegedly for safe keeping. And why is there a concerted drive amongst ODPs to get broader hips and larger arrses....seems a good combat indicator to me.