Thursday, March 01, 2007
General At Walter Reed Fired From Job
From the Shame of America column, Walter Reed top administrator has been fired for the incredibly poor conditions at that hospital that houses our wounded Vets. In a place where the medical care should be topnotch there were roaches, mold, mice, rot and incredible red tape that would do an IRS agent proud. Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, the top man at the medical facility, got canned for not being on top of the multitude of problems that had cropped up. He had only been at the facility for about six months. (You thinking what I'm thinking here? The problems at Walter Reed more than likely did not start with the General. He simply could not deal with the overwhelming difficulties that arose. I am sure that the problems were there to start with.)
At this point, the hospital is about to face new allegations that it has had troubles for a long time and knew about them and did nothing. While they are awaiting news of a Pentagon review of the facility, soldiers housed there are expected to wake at 6am and be prepared for "unusual daily inspections" at 7am. Some believe that this is a form of punishment due to trouble caused by bringing in the media.
March 1, 2007 — The Army today fired the top administrator at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, following embarrassing news reports that prompted a Defense Department probe of an outpatient center for roach and mice infestation, mold, rot and nightmarish red tape.
Although a 45-day Pentagon review has only started, Army officials informed Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman this morning that the nation's oldest military service had "lost trust and confidence in the commander's leadership abilities to address needed solutions for soldier-outpatient care" at the hospital. Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey made the decision yesterday, Army officials said.
Once again, there is a difference in what the soldiers that are right there are saying and what the "official" take on the problem is. Personally, I believe that the soldiers are getting crappy care and that the government is trying to minimize the impact of what we are doing to our wounded vets. This is truly a Shame Of America. Our vets should be taken care of so well that they can't do anything but praise the hospital for it's care and concern. But that is not how this works.
This is Shame of America in action again.