And while it's true that we are badly undermanned in some key trades, the undermanning figures often look worse than they are because the requirement is based on large-scale, everything-we've-got warfighting, which is not what is happening.
The medical services are regularly knocked in peacetime, but would you fancy fighting a war without them? And has there ever been a war or conflict where they've let you down? Ask anyone who was treated in the 'Red and Green Life Machine' in the Falklands. And ask yourself why the RAMC has more Victoria Crosses than any other organisation, including two of the three nutters who won it twice!
I was also making the point that despite ongoing problems, historically the DMS rarely failed to provide adequate deployable medical capability, which at the end of the day is the primary reason they are there.
In any forthcoming operations in the middle east, soldiers WILL be treated to a standard they deserve. The med support to the operation is that which PJHQ's Medical Estimate and casualty figures state is required. Where there are not enough regular specialists, reservists are being deployed who are every bit as well trained and qualified. The end capability is the same.