55 Field Surgical Team RAMC

RAF Form 836

55 Field Surgical Team
RAF Salalah

CG/55 Principal Medical Officer Headquarters NEAF BFPO 53

May 1972

RAF Form 836

1. The SMC and FST is not a hospital unit despite our holding capacity
2. All DDA stocks received from Med Akrotiri are entered on B.Med 13 and RAF Form 4909 and are  signed out on issue by a registered nurse or Doctor. They are also prescribed on Form 6573
3. As this is not a hospital and does not have a dispensary or a dispenser there is no justification in my opinion for RAF Form 836
4. If however it is felt that these forms should be raised the may I suggest that a dispenser and extra clerical staff be assigned to this unit.

J.G. Johnston
Major RAMC
Commanding 55FST
Copy to : RAF Masirah
We did not gain a dispenser, not that we really wanted one, but we did gain some notoriety and a reputation for being “difficult” especially in the arena of inter-service relationships.

The camp was RAF Salalah and was quite rightly run by RAF rules and regulations. To try and impose an unnecessary administrative burden on an over- stretched Royal Army Medical Corps team which contributed not one jot to the efficiency of the team was a step too far.