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Defence Medical Services

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 217325, tabled on 5 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the shortfall is in respect of each speciality of (a) regular and (b) reservist medical personnel; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

10 December 2014

The Defence Medical Services 2020 project (DMS 20) has comprehensively reviewed existing manpower requirements to ensure the Armed Forces have the medical operational capability to support the Armed Forces structures under Future Force 2020. Against DMS 20 manning requirements there were the following shortfalls in the strength of trained Regular and Reserve DMS personnel, broken down by speciality, as at 1 October 2014.

Speciality

2014 DMS 20 Regular

Requirement

Trained Strength as at 1 October 2014

Shortfall as a percentage

Secondary Healthcare Consultants

317

222

30%

Primary Health Care Consultants/Medical Officers

507

447

12%

Nursing

1,700

1,461

14%

Dental

410

580

Excess of 41%

Medical Support Services/Allied Health Professionals

3,901

3,951

Excess of 1%

TOTAL

6,835

6,661

3%

Speciality

2014 DMS 20 Reserve Requirement

Trained Strength as at 1 October 2014

Shortfall as a percentage

Secondary Healthcare Consultants

348

180

48%

Primary Health Care Consultants/Medical Officers

165

74

55%

Nursing

1,286

821

36%

Dental

123

34

72%

Medical Support Services/Allied Health Professionals

2,076

1,137

45%

TOTAL

3,998

2,246

44%