In 1972, Headquarters Medical Services (HQMS) was established. HQMS consisted of Manpower, General Staff, Medical Logistics and Medical Specialist Branches. MAJ (Dr) Roy Paul was the first Chief Medical Officer.
The HQMS was accorded Joint HQ status in 1987 to emphasise its tri-service scope of operations, with the positions of Senior Medical Staff Officer (SMSO) and SMO (Army) formed to coordinate the HQMS staff functions and the Army’s medical matters respectively. Together with the SAF Chief Medical Officer (CMO), SMO (Healthcare), SMO (Navy), and SMO (Air Force), they formed the Joint Medical Committee (JMC) to facilitate tri-service coordination.
In 1994, HQMS was renamed Headquarters Medical Corps (HQMC).
Headquarters Medical Corps (HQMC) functions as the corporate headquarters for Medical Corps to lead the professional standards, operational and developmental aspects of all medical capabilities in the SAF.
HQMC was successfully reorganised in November 2019.
The current HQMC is led by Chief of Medical Corps (CMC) with the SMSO as the chief of staff, with each staff branch led by a branch head to oversee, Operations, Plans, Manpower, Logistics, Inspections, and Biodefence and Medical Policy for the Medical Corps. CMC, SMSO together with the Chief Army Medical Officer (CARMO), Chief Airforce Medical Officer (CAMO), Chief Navy Medical Officer (CNMO), Commander MMI, Commander SAF Medical Training Institute (SMTI) and the HQMC branch heads form the JMC of today.