The top civilian and military leaders of the armed services are asking Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to stop the transfer of military hospitals and medical to the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Military.com reported Aug. 10 that the leaders told Esper in a memo dated five days earlier that the existing plan is “not viable.” The memo also requested that the transfers which have already taken place be returned, and that no more personnel or facilities be shifted to DHA in the future.
The Army, Navy and Air Force secretaries and chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Space Force cited issues that have arisen with the onset of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic to support their request, Military.com reported. The story also noted that the memo was first made public by Synopsis, a Washington, D.C.-based newsletter. The change has caused more problems than it has resolved, the memo stated.
“The proposed DHA end-state represents unsustainable growth with a disparate intermediate structure that hinders coordination of service medical response to contingencies such as a pandemic,” the memo stated.