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The Medical Arms Conversion Team (Arms Conversion Special Panel) was established by John Middleton, Coventry MCANW. Middleton was a key figure in the establishment of the Coventry Alternative Employment Study (CARE), which examined the extent of defence contacts awarded to Coventry companies and identified civilian alternatives to military production. The group was set up following a decision at the January 1988 National Council MCANW meeting.

The aim of the group was to demonstrate non-military alternatives for the skills and services of those involved in the armaments industry, effectively converting military industries into socially-responsible manufacturing. The group believed that Arms Conversion could lead to disarmament, by making non-military production more profitable than the production of weapons. Members of the group suggested alternative products, such as medical products or devices which currently lacked investment or needed technical expertise to manufacture.



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