Armed Forces News

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital military treatment facility, Ft. Belvoir VA

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy believes the effort to consolidate all military medical activities into one organization is happening too quickly and has called for a delay.

The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) reported Jan. 15 that McCarthy still believes the merger is a good idea, but fears that the overall quality of care could be impaired if the transition occurs too quickly.

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“We have 1.2 million people in uniform. This is just too important to get wrong,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy cited his experience as a senior aide to then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2007, at a time when Walter Reed Army Medical Center was beset with “terrible mistakes,” that degraded health care for wounded personnel.

He believes “it is not altogether clear how [the current transition plan] is coming together.”

See also, Changes in Health-Care System Outlined