Monday, March 05, 2007

Lawmakers: Reforms Needed at Walter Reed

WASHINGTON — The flagship U.S. hospital for injured soldiers is in need of serious reforms, lawmakers said Monday as they began to delve into charges of poor living conditions and bureaucratic delays in treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

"This is absolutely the wrong way to treat our troops, and serious reforms need to happen... immediately," said Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass.

He questioned whether problems at the facility are "just another horrific consequence" of inadequate planning that went into war in Iraq; a problem created by contracting out work there to private business, or some other cause.

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