What is the Director General Army Medical Services?

The Director General Army Medical Services (DGAMS) was the head of the British Army’s medical service.

The post was dis-established as a result of both the British Army Primary Healthcare services transferring under the Surgeon General’s responsibility and the disbandment of the Army Medical Directorate.

There was no replacement for the post of DGAMS, with the role that DGAMS undertook being split into three areas at the rank of Major General (OF-7), of which the DGAMS role is but part of their overall responsibility.

The day-to-day responsibility for medical policy and capability development lies at Brigadier level (OF-6).


FOI 2018/00387/79914/21/02 dated 25 January 2018.


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