That military covenant thing

British doctors, nurses and soldiers sent to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will not automatically be brought back to the UK for treatment if they are infected with the virus.

Automatically might be a bit much to ask for, true, but this you take care of us, we’ll take care of you deal might at least get as far as the presumption that people will be repatriated?

Or are we still at the Tommy this and Tommy that stage?

4 thoughts on “That military covenant thing”

  1. Hmm, military hospital unit in West Africa, dealing with Ebola. All kitted up and everything.

    NHS middle England. Full of geriatrics, sick kids and LCP pre-victims.

    Where would you rather put a West African Ebola victim? Especially when the repatriation flight would expose a whole other set of people.

  2. You can leave (well OK, usually the military will make it hard for you) if you aren’t happy with the T&C. Those T&C being quite explicit up front that your job is to put yourself in harm’s way. And that piecing you back together afterwards is necessarily going to be dependent on the resources available. So yes, you should get some kind of priority treatment but not to dictate how you get fixed.

  3. “Instead, they could be treated in field hospitals in Sierra Leone and would only be flown home on a “case by case” basis, the departments said.”
    Which means that they would get treatment much more promptly – and such promptness could save their lives.

  4. So Much for Subtlety

    It is odd that the doctors going to Africa are the ones worried about sub-standard care. That ought to be the key point. The standard of care will, obviously, be sub-standard.

    However it is so tone-deaf of the government. They need to say, first, loudly, often, that they will make sure our soldiers will get the best care possible. They need to make it clear that their first priority is the welfare of the squaddies.

    I think we have had too few politicians in uniform for too long. There is a gulf between the bullsh!t artists interested only in spin – both in and out of uniform – and the people who are at the sharp end.

    Although, as usual, the best way to protect soldiers is simply not to send them. What pressing national interest is their in trying to make up for the incompetence of African governments? We really need to pay to hear more sanctimonious lectures from these kleptocrats?

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