General Is Fired Over Conditions at Walter Reed

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  2. Ventress

    Ventress LE Moderator

    Atleast the problems arent solved by throwing millions at the medical problem.
  3. The relief of MG Weightman is unfortunate. He had been at Walter Reed only since Sept. However, he was in command and thus responsible. The officer I want to see fired though is his boss LTG Kiley who has known about the problems at Walter Reed for three years. The problems at Walter Reed were with the outpatient operation and not the hospital proper.

    Army policy is that evaluations are to be done in 140 days but at Walter Reed its taking 209 days.The extra time is due to the complexity of the cases Walter Reed see.
    They get the toughest trauma cases and soldiers with PTSD which is difficult to treat.
    The typical outpatient has to file 22 documents with 8 different commands.They have added more staff liason [from 4 to 17] between the patient and the disability disability system.
  4. Pretty poor for a facility only 30 years old but I suppose with the Pentagon wanting to build a new one in Maryland they cut the repair budgets since making the decision.

    What does surprise is that WRAMC is in Washington and treats Congressmen and Senators - I suppose they must have found conditions "acceptable" unless they were being treated for blindness
  5. As I said voyager unless you were in a medical hold in say Building 18 you wouldnt know.

    Senator: Army surgeon general should go
    By Kelly Kennedy - Staff writer
    Posted : Thursday Mar 1, 2007 17:27:38 EST

    Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., called for the Army’s top medical officer, Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, to be relieved of duty Thursday afternoon. McCaskill’s remarks came after Maj. Gen. George Weightman, Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s commander, was relieved of duty earlier in the day.

    “It’s clear that General Kiley, the surgeon general at the Army, knew about the conditions at Building 18,” McCaskill said. “The irony of this situation is General [George] Weightman stepped up. He’s only been there a year.”

    Kiley is to temporarily replace Weightman, according to an Army press release.

    McCaskill said Weightman took responsibility for the problems in the medical disability system while Kiley has been quoted as saying the problems weren’t serious or that there weren’t many of them.

    McCaskill had “been considering this for a week,” said Adriane Marsh, McCaskill’s spokeswoman. “It’s beyond just Walter Reed,” she said, referring to problems in the disability evaluation system that have been documented as Army-wide.

    Weightman, commanding general of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, was relieved of command at 10 a.m. today by Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis Harvey, according to an Army press release.

    This action has been under consideration for the last several days, with the final decision being made yesterday, the release said.

    Weightman was informed this morning that the senior Army leadership had lost trust and confidence in the commander’s leadership abilities to address needed solutions for soldier-outpatient care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

    Kiley, commanding general of U.S. Army Medical Command, will be acting temporarily as the Walter Reed commander until a general officer is selected to replace Weightman.
  6. An additional article.

    Editorial which for once I agree with.

    Editorial: Blame at Walter Reed

    Posted : Friday Mar 2, 2007 7:35:22 EST

    In the wake of intense media coverage about problems with housing and medical evaluations plaguing injured combat troops who are outpatients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, the Army sacked the hospital’s commander, Maj. Gen. George Weightman.

    Commanders ultimately are responsible for what happens on their watch, so Weightman would appear to be a reasonable target for the service’s wrath.

    Then again, maybe the Army fired the wrong general.

    The troubles at Walter Reed —substandard housing for injured troops and a dysfunctional medical evaluation system — did not start on Weightman’s watch.

    Service members spoke about these problems in congressional hearings two years ago. The Government Accountability Office reported on the problems last March. And the Army Inspector General has been investigating the problems for over a year.

    The GAO report traces the problems back to the tenure of Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, who commanded Walter Reed from June 2002 to September 2004.

    Kiley is now the Army surgeon general. And he is, in fact, the man who fired Weightman.

    But wait. It gets worse. Kiley is also now the acting commander of the hospital.

    It is impossible to believe Kiley was unaware of this sorry situation when he commanded the hospital — and if he was, one must question his competence and leadership. Evidently, he has remained either willfully ignorant or unconcerned during his tenure as surgeon general.

    After the scandal broke, in fact, Kiley blamed the media for exaggerating the problems — even as Army Secretary Francis Harvey and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody acknowledged the Army’s failures.

    Leaving Kiley to fix this mess is the latest misstep in a tragedy of errors that began with Army officials blaming the troubles on low-ranking noncommissioned officers and ordering (and then rescinding) mandatory daily room inspections for the very same injured troops who exposed the problems to the media.

    Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., rightly points out that the problems at hand go well beyond Walter Reed — which makes them Kiley’s responsibility.

    The general has failed in those responsibilities. He should resign.
  7. The Army Secretary was fired today and LTG Kiley is not too far behind.

    Francis Harvey resigns as Army Secretary
    Kris Osbborn - Staff writer
    Posted : Friday Mar 2, 2007 16:41:50 EST

    Army Secretary Francis Harvey has resigned, officials with the Department of Defense and the Army confirmed.

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that he had received and accepted Harvey’s resignation on March 2.

    The service has endured a hailstorm of congressional and public criticism for the treatment of wounded combat veterans at its Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington. News of the poor treatment was revealed in late February in articles published Army Times and the Washington Post.

    The resignation came one day after Harvey fired Army Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman as the commander of Walter Reed, according to a March 1 Army statement. The statement said service leaders had “lost trust and confidence” in Weightman’s ability “to address needed solutions for soldier outpatient care.”

    Gates made no link between the Walter Reed controversy and Harvey’s resignation.

    Harvey was sworn in as the 19th U.S. Army secretary in November 2004.
  8. Scratch one Secretary of the Army. Heads certainly rolled on this one and not just some NCO or Jr Officer's scapegoated noggin either. LTG Kiley's defensive 'it's all been overblown' press conference will do him in as well. I'm a bit surprised and impressed with Gates, he didn't fcuk around.
  9. Fairly easy for Gates to do. He's new to the job, so he doesn't have to cover his own ass. Also, from a bureaucratic standpoint, it allows him a little bit more leeway. This action will have sent shockwaves through the Pentagon and it allows Gates a little bit of protection before the man gets swallowed up by the bureaucracy which he is supposed to be leading.
  10. LTG Kiley looks like he is going to get the full treatment from Karl Rove and for once somebody deserves it, this hurting Bush.
  11. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Slightly off topic but from the report on Yahoo News about the goings on at Walter reed Hospital.

    One paragraph stood out for me:


    My Bold. Bush, according to the report, has repeatedly visited the wounded. Can Bliar say the same thing? Can he fcuk.
  12. Sounds familiar. Wonder if the patients get harassed by dickhe4ds as well.
  13. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    Well done Sam

    ( this is the kind of brisk no nonsense way of doing things that from time to time restores a little faith - for whatever reasons may lie behind the decision)

    Let's hope someone gets their eye back on the ball and USFOR wounded get the top level treatment the Brits always assume to be the case.

    ( on a side note it was interesting to see recently a 13 year old American kid had been referred to GOSH for treatment he couldn't get back home. Nice to feel occasionally that we do things as well as,if not better than US medical authorities)

    Lee Shaver
  14. The problems are with the outpatient operation where the soldiers are housed in outlying "hotels" on the installation. Walter Reed is scheduled for closure as it is old and Bethesda will be renamed Walter Reed and expanded.
  15. Bethesda Naval hospital is a nice facility and even better area (high-rent district) of the DC metro region than the current Walter Reed (stuck up against the run down inner-city). But, having lived near there, its going to be a major cluster-fcuk traffic-wise on an already busy Wisconsin Ave.