Walter Reed doctors fear move may hurt their ability to treat

By Published: July 29, 2011

Doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are expressing concern that a pair of military hospitals won’t be able to treat wounded soldiers and veterans by the time the Army hospital is closed in September, the Washitgton Examiner reported.

Patients will be transferred starting next month to an expanded Walter Reed-National Naval Medical Center campus in Bethesda and a new community hospital at Virginia’s Fort Belvoir. Sources say neither hospital will be fully functional by the deadline and could strain capacity to treat soldiers during the peak fighting season in Afghanistan.

“They are stretched to the limit with this damn self-inflicted deadline,” said a Walter Reed doctor who asked not to be named.

Local officials have urged the Pentagon to delay the move, but Congress didn’t deliver legislation to authorize the delay.

Read more on Walter Reed doctors expressing concern in their ability to treat from The Washington Examiner.

Cpl. David Bixler, who lost both legs in Afghanistan, learns how to use his prosthetic legs at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in April, 2011.


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