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Does SPAG still exist? I knew an RN MO who jumped as part of that group.
Very true. Completely forgotten about that one. Normally reserved for GDMO Submariners.
 
SPAG is now "all arms" if you so wish to join.
 
I disagree unless you are talking about MERT which is owned and run by the RAF. There is nothing that an MO would do in the first 24hrs of trauma that a BATLS trained MA (which the GDMO has to complete also prior to any operational billet) cannot do WRT life saving, the treatment doctrine is the same. It would make no difference.
I imagine a level 7 or 8 trained PHEM Consultant (or Registrar) can do a fair amount more than a BATLS MA. Indeed, a GDMO can do a fair amount more than a BATLS trained LMA - I know because my GDMO did exactly that.

That's not being disrespectful to our MAs - ours had done several HERRICKs with Bde - but they are not substitutes for MOs.
 

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When I left the Army, I was BATLS qualified.

However, as I did not have the requisite "firstaid" certificate I was not even meant to place a plaster on a cut finger.
 
I imagine a level 7 or 8 trained PHEM Consultant (or Registrar) can do a fair amount more than a BATLS MA. Indeed, a GDMO can do a fair amount more than a BATLS trained LMA - I know because my GDMO did exactly that.

That's not being disrespectful to our MAs - ours had done several HERRICKs with Bde - but they are not substitutes for MOs.
Regardless, the statistics of initial treatment for point of wounding for those BATLS trained (GDMO or MA) there is no difference in the morbidity/survival rates (will try to find the evidence and may have to screen shot) on whether it is an MA or GDMO both treat the same. GDMO's are not fully qualified Doctors and are by no means trauma specialists any more than an MA (they have more experience in a controlled environment having done shifts at ED as part of their training and will obviously far more extensive medical knowledge, but then again it was the paramedics that dealt with the casualties at the scene as have the MA/CMT/Team Medic).

If you want someone with deeper knowledge of medical conditions (i.e. primary care) then the GDMO is what you need. Otherwise we would have Doctors instead of paramedics in civvy street. The Point of Wounding (PoW) doctrine is the same: BATLS unless the team medic got there first which follows similar but more simplified principles.

MA's are not and have never been substitutes for MO's but it has rarely the MO on the scene since WW2 (when we were called Sick Berth Attendants) on the Battlefield WRT PoW.

A PHEM consultant (as you call it) can do a lot more than anyone with trauma, that's why they are a consultant, their specialities and experience and rarity are required further up the treatment chain. You don't see them out on the ambulance shifts though do you? Horses for courses let alone the expense and training pipe line, hence why we have MA's on the front line with Coy's not ED consultants or trauma surgeons (who would be with Role 2 Commando Forward Surgical Group).

Sorry, but I will have to disagree with your anecdotal evidence for the evident data I have seen, added to and been a part of. (just checking the Institute of Naval Medicine site now but I have a feeling the info may also be with RCDM).
 
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