The requests for
neostigmine and the demands for essential components
diathermy apparatus were made by us at the beginning
Neostigmine and the diathermy leads were absolutely
Our requests were ignored.
As the letters below show, a Major in the supply chain
at Ludgershall, who clearly had no insight into the
necessity or urgency for these items, for reasons best
known to himself hid behind the rule book rather
than quickly and effectively resolving the problem. He
was prepared to co-operate but only in the most long
winded manner which would not satisfactorily address the
urgent need of the frontline FST.
That the diathermy machine
machine had been purchased without electrodes beggars
belief. It is akin to buying a car without any wheels.
That it was then issued for use without checking that it
was fully functional and fit for its intended use is
That a drug to reverse the
effects of muscle relaxant had been omiitted from the
inventory of the supply pack is equally peverse.
A further letter from the
OC FST provokes a carefully crafted letter from the
Colonel Commanding the equipment depot which
justifies his junior officer's actions and pompously
sets out the rules and regulations whilst tediously
explaining the whys and wherefores of equipment supply
and "that there is no question that Ludgershall has a
lack of understanding"
The next letter from the
OC FST acknowledges the arrival of the box of electrodes
but has to request the provision of the necessary leads
to connect the diathermy machine to the
Three and a half months
down the line from the first request for essential
equipment and supplies the equipment depot had failed to
supply the only RAMC FST on active service at the time
with those items.
Is it any wonder that we
were irritated. We had more co-operation out of the adoo.
Charitably readers might
think that we simply hit a bad patch when it came to
supply and resupply. The account from David Raitt of the
"Tail End Charlies" reveals that seven years after the
FST was set up the supply chain between Ludgershall and
Salalah still did
not function effectively. It beggars belief that these
people retained their jobs.
36."The Last FST" "Tail End Charlies" by David
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