Thursday, March 01, 2007

Relieved of Command

The head of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which has been the focus of scrutiny over the level of care at the facility in the past few days since a Washington Post expose claimed that conditions were horrible there, has been relieved of command.
The Army said Thursday that the two-star general in charge of Walter Reed Army Medical Center has been relieved of command following disclosures about inadequate treatment of wounded soldiers.

Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, who was commanding general of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command as well as Walter Reed hospital, was relieved of command by Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey.

In a brief announcement, the Army said service leaders had “lost trust and confidence” in Weightman’s leadership abilities “to address needed solutions for soldier outpatient care” at Walter Reed.
It remains to be seen how the Army addresses the concerns over patient care to make sure that the wounded soldiers arriving on base receive top quality care.

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