Thursday, June 07, 2007

The Iraq War may be breaking many Army hospitals in the U.S.

By Diane Silver

I don't have the time or energy to blog extensively about this right now, but this is significant, particularly in the aftermath of the situation at Walter Reed Hospital.

The quality of care in Army hospitals around the country -- including those at Fort Riley in Kansas and Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri -- is suffering because doctors are being deployed to Iraq. The hospitals' struggles in the face of staff shortages impacts returning wounded soldiers and military families.

A Kansas TV station reports that the hospital at Fort Riley has failed to meet standards of care for three years now. USA Today reports the national story.

There is nothing surprising about this. Lack of planning and lack of foresight are the hallmarks of the Bush Administration.

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