Read this in its entirety, Mr Browne, and then turn and face our Service personnel. look them in the eye and tell them that they will receive a medical service thats befits a person who is willing to lay down his/her life. Read it and then refute the claims made by the parents of the young 18 yr old who had to lie in same stuff as you spout! Accuse his parents of lying. Go on you worthless piece of crap! This is the 21st Century not the 19th Century. Our troops are coming back from theatres of operations to medical treatment akin to things that our forefathers' forefathers had to endure.
'We will be the only country in the civilised world without a dedicated military hospital', said Hampshire councillor Peter Edgar, who is campaigning against the imminent closure of the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar in Gosport
Civilised now theres a word, makes me wonder if we are any more?
On a brighter note, I read last week that the lad in question has made his doctors at Selly Oak (who said he'd never walk again) look a bit silly by deciding to go bimbling around Headley Court with the aid of a stick.
In the 21st century I find it hard to believe that the parents of an injured soldier should even have to consider taking their son (who has fought for his country) to a private healthcare unit. Surely each major theatre of operations should have a BMH and more importantly the UK should have at least two dedicated "Services" hospitals that could cope with any referrals from active service and non operational injuries. We are all supposed to be part of the covenant - soldeirs do their "bit" now the government of the day should get off their arrse and do their "BIT".
As I never tire of pointing out..France [at the last count] 15 Military Hospitals including a Military Teaching Hospital in Paris...............Great Britain.............Zero. How embarrasing and shameful.
Perhaps It should be put on the broken covenant site. With respect to RBL I don't think the video on there is hard hitting enough ( Sadly ) even though we can relate to it, Joe average civvy's probably can't.
But. Oh, woe, Rooney's bust his foot, every headline in the UK Papers, like it matters .
It seems strange that 36 grays lane gets the ante into motion but this doesn't. Is it because this involves government or is it that NIMBY's wind us up more? If ever there was a case for BAFF to get involved in it's this. If there was a case for a petition to get backing from the Arrse contingent it's this. It's fine to sit here and tell each other how pissed off we are but it won't change things. Just need to remember that we have to patch these people up before they get to Headley and their families can reach the benefits won on the grays lane campaign. I have signed the broken covenant petition and a few rambling pettitions about closures of military hospitals but IMO it needs a concerted effort along the lines of Grays Lane. I know the MODs won't be happy about it but you don't need to link it to Arrse.
Lobster, I think that's why the Mods would get a bit itchy (to say the least) there has been reasoned debate as to why arrse should or shouldn't allign itself with campaigns for this and campaigns for that. Given the crap that was published in 'that' DIN then the mods really do need to be on top of their game as far as this sort of issue goes otherwise the site may very well find itself heavily restricted. There is already rumour of the MOD banning access from it's servers.
I know there are enough ex services out there to achieve this and I reckon you would have the backing of the serving majority the real trick is finding a way of getting the press to keep hammering the Def Sec over this subject and getting it a sh1t load of exposure (give it to clarkson or paxman to mull over) I am still serving and am willing to lend what support I can to any campaign - just don't want to lose the pension over a charge of sedition!