MA's on promotion

Discussion in 'The Gash Barge' started by fredflinstone, Jun 5, 2007.

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  1. Given our government has seen fit to close what were excellent service hospitals and with precious few capital ships and no hospital ships --What happens to M.A.'s on being commissioned.
    SBA's became Wardmasters but with no wards to master what becomes of promoted MA's?
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    They transfer to the Army (lead medical) or transfer to a trade other than Medical Assistant.

    Odds are if they had the required GCSE's (O Levels) to become an Officer - 5 GCSE's grade C & better including maths & english from within the Service, then they may well have joined as a Naval Nurse, qualified, done two years clinical experience then applied to be a nursing officer.

    Interestingly you need to be better qualified at GCSE & A level standard to join as a Nurse rather than the basic requirement for officer (except graduate entry officers).

    Hope that helps Norm.
  3. MA's and Med Techs could go SD in my day.In fact there is a certain Lt Cdr(SD) that was an MA in training with me!Beats the crap out of me how he passed hia MA's let alone a Lt Cdr!PMSL
  4. Thanks for that though I'm not sure I thoroughly understand . Are you saying that Medical Assistants in the navy do not have
    5 GCSE's at gradeC or better? Surely everyone has that?
  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    A good trolling effort Norm, BZ! :thumright:
  6. Are you saying they don't?
    My solicitor daughter has assured me you can buy them on E Bay. She is inclined to exaggerate sometimes. however.
  7. Thats probably where she got her degree, Norm. Or is she on the game?
  8. U are a strange one fred!!!
    You have a solicitor daughter, yet you have been in the navy only 3 months,

    Joined: Jun 02, 2007
    Posts: 24

    PostIt's all too much
    Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 4:20 pm Reply with quote
    Been in the navy three months and never spent a Christmas at home.
    My Mom 'phones every day.

    no christmas' at home AND your Mom phones every day--- hmmmmmmmmmmmm i smell a distinct whiff off Bulls**t!!
  9. Submarine MAs can and do get promoted and become Health Physics managers, there are a few other roles they fill as well. Numbers are not great but there is an avenue.
  10. MAs who are recommended are commissioned as Medical Services Officers (MSOs), in a similar manner to the Army. They rarely have clinical roles, rather work in medical management and logistics. A couple are Environmental Health too.

    Not unknown for them to throw their weight around a bit, especially at deployed Surg Lts who need something (I recall lots of "when I was an LMA I never needed that..."). A firm "wind your neck in - I'm the doctor" usually works...

    Angrydoc braces for incoming...
  11. Seadog

    Seadog War Hero Moderator

    fredflintnorm wrote

    In the strictest sense no, bit from a casualty's point of view, the entire Defence Medical Establishment will be surprised to hear that.

    What else don't you know/understand?

    Gash Barge.

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