Short cuts

Published: 31/01/2002, Volume II2, No. 5790 Page 8

The future of the Defence Medical Services is under threat because of a serious shortage of doctors and dentists, the British Medical Association has claimed. In its evidence to the armed forces pay review body, the BMA called for more cash and pay incentives to increase recruitment and retention.The government revealed, following a recent parliamentary question, that the Defence Medical Services have only 16 of the 44 general surgeons it requires and only 10 of the 28 orthopaedic surgeons.BMA armed forces committee chair Dr John Ferguson said: 'With less than half the doctors needed, the DMS is suffering a serious shortage of both regular and reserved personnel.'