Army calls up agency medics on £600 a day

The Army's medical corps is suffering a manning crisis that has forced the Government to use expensive agency doctors and nurses to maintain field hospitals in Iraq, it was disclosed yesterday.

The Ministry of Defence admitted it was using agency staff to fulfil "a shortfall in capability of our own nurses".

Morale among Territorial Army medics, who make up 90 per cent of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), has been undermined by civilian staff being paid more than six times their daily wage.

In some instances they receive up to £600 a day for the same job.

One of the main agencies providing staff in Iraq is Frontier Medical, which is said to have received at least £750,000 in the past year supplying 12 nurses and three medical practitioners.

"These contract staff assist with the provision of specialist nursing requirements for operational needs if there is a temporary shortfall in capability of our own nurses or reserve forces," an MoD spokesman said.

"We acknowledge that there continue to be manpower shortages, especially in specialist nursing areas."
rest of story here
i'm good for appling plasters and TLC for young snice und tights when they need papa to hold her gland.
PS. cum werry cheap
With the relevant act of parliament still in place to re-impose conscription, why don't they just send the people who they so desperately need a brown envelope?

You can bet your life that since they remain civvies and not serving that they are not paying UK taxes on that £600 per diem...


Book Reviewer
All trainee nurses and doctors, on qualifying should have to do at least one year of service in the garrisons of the Armed Forces. That will allow the service based personnel to get on with their job. This especially applies to physioterrorists, chiropractors and such like people.

Indeed, a lot of professionally qualified people should do likewise. Give something back to this country, teach them to respect us for what we are and learn a bit of humility.

F*ck it, let me run the country...rant over.
This from Frontier's website:

A&E and ITU Nurses
Frontier Medical has been requested to supply specialist A&E and ITU Nurses to work alongside British military medical personnel in support of their obligations in Europe and the Middle East.

The job requirement will be to provide national accredited peacetime standards of medical care under the management control of the British Ministry of Defence, working at an established field hospital. The role is non-military but personnel will be accommodated in a military environment and will be required to abide by military standing orders.

Applicants will have current NMC registration and hold relevant ENB 199/ENB 100 or equivalent qualification. Suitable candidates will be able to demonstrate evidence of current ongoing specialist clinical training and have worked in an A&E/CCU environment in the last two years at E grade or above.

We offer an excellent package, to include all expenses, air flights, visas, food and accommodation.
I wonder whether this works out cheaper than sending a TA nurse and paying the NHS Trust to replace him/her, particular if the TA nurse is a plastic major. Similarly, MOD end up paying MDHU Trusts to replace regulars who are deployed.


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Ventress said:
Not many chiropractors in the Army- in fact none! I thought that it was a dinosaur!
And how many people have back problems?

Maybe we need them? Only trying to think of our soldiers and ehem airmen and sailors, ehem.
£600 a day? My arr**!

Frontier were paying the Medics on the ground in these posts £275pd. They get the rest, and only pay them when they are in country.
sandfly said:
£600 a day? My arr**!

Frontier were paying the Medics on the ground in these posts £275pd. They get the rest, and only pay them when they are in country.

That sounds more like it. Is it true about paying the MDHU Trusts for the regular staff who are deployed? Which accounting genius wrote that into the 'oh, I think we can save lots of money' contract/tender agreements?


Kit Reviewer
When my wife worked at Frimley Park, the contract between the MoD and the NHS Trust (NHS + trust, now there's a contradiction) was that all service medical personnel were affiliated to field units and thus liable to be deployed at zero notice to fulfill operational roles. For this reason they were to be supernumary and the Trust was not to rely on their presence. Of course the Chief Executive, Andrew Morris, saw an easy cut in wages and factored the mil medics (paid by MoD) into his staff and saved himself a packet. Subsequently the civvy bosses there whinge like fcuk every time there is a deployment and they have to pay for agency staff at top dollar rates. I don't believe, however, that the MoD is liable for these costs - the taxpayer is though. Mind you, this is the same Chief Exec who invented a fictional ward to which A&E overnight trolley stayers were 'admitted' on paper to ensure more money from the Treasury for acheiving set targets on trolley waits - the ward was known as (wait for it) Morris Ward! 8O
Unfortunatly the nurses with those qualfications are in short supply
and can probably earn that rate back home .wish i got on the course i'd be out like a shot :) :)

You are wrong to assume that there is any relationship between the number of posts established in the MDHUs and the number of posts established in the field medical units. There is not, and never has been enough personnel in the MDHUs to bring the field medical units up to strength. This is not because of a manning shortage but because not enough posts were eatablished in the various agencies that are supposed to supply the manpower to the field units at TTW.
Was it not the case that when the IRA stared playing again the MOD was doing to put armed guard on military patients and Frimley shat itself.

Was not the MOD supposed to build a new ward for MOD patients/clients?

Must talk the wife into applying if they pay that.


Kit Reviewer
I didn't say that the numbers matched, just that the MDHU medics were affiliated to field units. I know that field units are cadreised and rely on TA as well as MDHU staff and pers from other field units IOT deploy, as my wife subsequently went to 22 Fd Hosp.

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