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    Just thought I would start a thread about the recent decision for the MOD and the NHS to sell off some of their former sites that are closing down to housing companies. There are three sites near to where I live all are sadly closing down. It seems an absolute shame to me to see them go, when 5-10 years ago they were thriving sites, full of military personnel.

    I am just wondering what everyone thinks about the whole downsizing process and how it will effect not only the working side of the RAF (in terms of jobs, promotions, deployments etc.) but also the social aspects of the RAF??
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    Hm... it may be "rationalising" rather than necessarily "downsizing"! I cannot comment on the RAF decisions, because I don't know enough about them (although I have been following pprune with interest!), but I know that in the case of the NHS, there is a split between the public who want every service on their doorstep, and the fact that, if you are to deliver difficult, increasingly technical, specialised, unusual procedures, and keep up the knowledge level and skills base of the doctors who are treating you, you need larger, busier, centres of excellence with a higher caseload. If I'm going in for eye treatment (for example), I'd rather travel some distance to see a specialist who does that kind of treatment dozens of times a week, and has the knowledge and resources to offer the most advanced treatment possible (within some financial constraints), than have an eye clinic on my doorstep where the doctor sees far fewer patients and therefore has much lesser knowledge and experience of the subject; and, because everyone wants an eye clinic on their doorstep, the funding is spread around numerous little poorly equipped facilities which together cost as much as one big, better equipped facility!

    You cannot, of course, follow this line of reasoning to the extreme. It would be as much nonsense to have one stonkingly good global centre for eye transplants as much as it would be a nonsense to have one specialist eye clinic for every 100,000 people - eventually, you cross the line and the logistics start to go the other way.

    The same principles can be applied to anything. For those directly affected, changes are always hard. But, to a certain extent, this kind of change or downsizing can be beneficial, if done for the right reasons. If done for the worng reasons, or if it is badly planned or badly executed, it can be a disaster!
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    This is true and my opinion was extremely generalised and perhaps not entirely thought out or rational.
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    The decision to close facilities is perhaps not always entirely thought-out or rational either ...
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    Some of the buildings that are no longer going to be used and some of the sites, for example Bently Priory are closing, and they are so beautiful and hold so much historical significance (during the second world war it was fighter command). Just been to the last ever summer ball there and it just seems a great shame that it is to be lost
 
 
 
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