Well, either you are in favour of military hospitals or you are not. And Haslar was the last military hospital in the UK. Sour grapes over it being a former Naval hospital seem a bit petty really. From my personal experience and observation, everyone managed to get on pretty well there no matter what colour uniform they wore.radioactiveman said:I would probably feel sorry if we hadn't shut all the army hospitals in order to keep Haslar open in the first place.
at the risk of sounding like a stuck record - the Duke of Connaught Unit remains open as a Military Hospital, the last remaining site of Forces secondary care in the UKNeuroleptic said:Well, either you are in favour of military hospitals or you are not. And Haslar was the last military hospital in the UK. Sour grapes over it being a former Naval hospital seem a bit petty really. From my personal experience and observation, everyone managed to get on pretty well there no matter what colour uniform they wore.radioactiveman said:I would probably feel sorry if we hadn't shut all the army hospitals in order to keep Haslar open in the first place.
To be strictly accurate, the Army hospitals weren't closed to keep Haslar open, any more than Stonehouse or the RAF hospitals were. The decision was taken that there would be only be one and the decision was made on that basis. As I recall, the only serious rival for the location was Wroughton. In terms of location close to Lyneham & Brize, it had some advantages over Haslar but lost out in the end.
If there's any oneupmanship to be had here, then I suppose it's the fact that Haslar has been a military hospital for two and a half centuries. It opened its doors long before any other UK military hospital and will be the last to shut them.
Said it before, but it's still true- sad day.
So what you are saying is that the smallest part (by a considerable margin) of the DMS bullied the Army and RAF into shutting all their hospitals so Haslar could be kept open? Interesting theory.radioactiveman said:Neuroleptic
Don't be silly - of course I'm in favour of military hospitals. Just not ridiculously sited hospitals which were foisted on us because the Navy didn't like the idea of being bottom of the pecking order in the DMS. You admit yourself that tradition was the only reason that Haslar was kept at the expense of the much better suited Wroughton.
As for Stonehouse (yes - I worked there as well as at Haslar) don't get me started!
QEMH, CMH, DKMH,Wroughton or Halton would have all been better sited as a core DMS hospital than Haslar
Whatever Adrian might say, I can assure you that nobody in the Army or RAF hierachy was remotely interested in appeasing a service they felt didn't really matter (too small). If they had, the CMT/MA/career course/etc training would have been at Haslar/Blockhouse rather than Keogh (which should have been shut to save money) and Psychiatry wouldn't have gone to Catterick.radioactiveman said:I do not feel that the army was 'had over' in favour of Haslar, rather that a decision was made to appease the Navy. I would refer you to "Adrian's" comments in another thread about DCS 15 and the attitude of the Navy to defence medicine. I genuinely have no axe to grind in this issue but feel that Haslar should not have been given the pre-eminent position that it had. Why would I otherwise defend RAF hospitals as better suited?
LOL, fair enough.radioactiveman said:I think that we'll just have to agree to disagree. Certainly from a Radiology angle the Navy took the whip hand despite their pitifully small establishment.
Another excellent day today, bit nippy though.whitemouse75 said:
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