The Royal Army Medical Corps
And the Malta Garrison

The Malta Garrison – 1977


Doctor's Dispute

Medical Students
Medical Students arriving at Heathrow Airport London to sit for the Conjoint Examination of the RCP Lond and RCS Eng. (Image from Pulse 17 Sept 1977)

The Malta Government decided to resolve the shortage of doctors in state hospitals by forcing newly qualified doctors to serve as housemen for a period of two years before being granted a license to practice. Formerly, doctors completed a pre-registration year before moving to England for post graduate studies.

In May 1977, the government passed legislation compelling all medical graduates to work in state hospitals for a two year period immediately on graduation. This led to a limited industrial action by the Malta Medical Association. The dispute disrupted the qualifying examinations of 39 final year medical students who flew to England to sit the Conjoint Examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Royal College of Physicians of London.

Trooping the Colour Ceremony

The last trooping the Colour Ceremony was carried out by 41 Commando Royal Marines on 16 Mar 1977 as a prelude to the British leaving Malta. 41 Cdo RM left Salerno Company in Malta to protect British interests, until the final withdrawal of all the troops in 1979.

8 Cdo Lt Bty RA

On 18 Apr 1977, the personnel, guns and equipment of 8 Cdo Light Bty RA and 3 Cdo Forward Observation Troop RA embarked on Sir Percival and returned to Plymouth.


  • No RAMC officers or Other Ranks