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Medical Planning and the Estimate
  1. Colonel Martin CM Bricknell, L/RAMC, Medical Director1 and
  2. RHB Williamson, Commander Medical2
  1. 1Headquarters Region Command (South), Operation HERRICK, BFPO 772
  2. 2Headquarters Joint Force Support Afghanistan, Operation HERRICK, BFPO 792
  1. HQ Land Forces, Army Medical Directorate, Ramillies Building, Marlborough Lines, Andover, Hampshire SP11 8 HJ martin{at}


This paper examines the principles of medical planning with consideration of the formal planning tool ‘the Estimate’. It describes a generic structure for the medical aspects of the Estimate. The paper also shows how military medical planning must be tightly linked to wider general staff planning processes and how staff analyses lead to a formal medical plan.

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