Originally Posted by a1qwerty55
Take the hard right over the easy wrong. Care for the patients, inform Commander this is a dangerous decision and you feel obligated to raise the issue to a higher Command if necessary. MEDCOM IG etc. You might take some lumps but so be it.
Wow, you make it sound so simple.
Simple fact is, the mantra of milmed has become "do more with less." That's a cool philosophy for awhile, but pretty soon they're telling you to build a motorcycle using only two tires and a stick.
It's important to note this in the above scenario, since it means that even if the LtCol in question were to summon the considerable chutzpah to file an IG complaint, there is a good chance that he would simply be thanked for his concern and told that 2 is still the new 3.
So then you've got the worst of both worlds - same unsafe clinical environment, plus your commander and soon-to-be flag officer is now going to be very interested in torpedoing the military career that you've already invested more than a decade of hard work in after you endangered his career prospects by tattling.
This is why I'm so uninterested in being promoted, ever.