RAF Wroughton had a runway, I wasn't suggesting building an annex at Heathrow, merely suggesting that there used to be Military Hospitals that had excellent facilities for receiving Aeromed. I think you took my comment a little too literally.Er, they do already. BUPA give forces discount to servicemen AND their families.
Yes but I jokingly meant to replace NHS/Military Hospitals, never mind, I never wanted to be a comedian anyway!
QE2 hospital in Brum SHOULD have been built with a full on forces annex. Run, managed and handled by the MoD and the DMS.
If wards do end up mixed, how long before some tawt has a go at a wounded service in their sick bed?
Re a runway next to a hospital, would you like to convalese in a hospital at an airport? also if they've survived the aeromed, they can last a heli or ambulance drive of a short distance from a full on airport. I believe Brum Airport is more than sufficiently drilled in receiving a aeromed and handling the movement of the wounded through the airport.
Both Netley and Haslar were built to receive hospital ships, most RAF hospitals were built to receive transports and helivac and most Army Hospitals could receive helivac.
My posit was that you could build a purpose built Tri-Service establishment that had the capability to receive aeromed and other forms of evacuation. I don't ever expect it to happen but, at one time, no-one in the DMS could see the total destruction of our medical capabilities to the extent where we can't independently look after our own. We don't even have the capability to look after the full-time Army without drafting in part-timers. I don't see TA as second rate at all, in fact the skill spread they bring is invaluable but we should be maintaining a full time cadre capable of delivering full medical backup to the Regular Army anything less is unacceptable.
PS MPH often comes on and rants, he's a very bitter bunny. Still that's body mechanics for you. Give me a good old Military Nurse anyday.