RunningStrong wrote:Jokes aside, I think we should have a military ship with a significantly sized hospital function within it. The DFiD/International Aid budget holders would agree prior to build to pay for use of the ship during non-military missions and perhaps for the duration of hurricane season.
It's a funny thing this. I think as people with an interest in the armed forces, we all know that their main issue isn't a lack of kit, it's a lack of trained personnel.
Exactly the same applies in the NHS. Virtually every trust in the country has a large roster of unfilled vacancies - there's the money there to pay people to take up posts, but they won't apply for the jobs. That's why money is being haemorrhaged away on expensive agency staff who can pick and choose the shifts they work and don't feel the obligation to do many hours of unpaid overtime.
And just like the armed forces there are pinch-points where particular specialisms are on their knees because of low numbers.
There is no point asking for more ships when we aren't able to crew the ones we already have. And there is no point in planning fantasy hospital ships because we can't staff the hospitals we already have.
Carry on playing fantasy fleets.