Monday, March 05, 2007

'I failed,' says fired Walter Reed general

'I failed,' says fired Walter Reed general
By Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer12:53 PM PST, March 5, 2007
WASHINGTON -- The general who was fired after reports of substandard medical care for veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center said today he agreed with critics that there was a failure of leadership at the facility.Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates "called this 'a failure of leadership.' I agree. We can't fail one of these soldiers, one of these patients, and we did."
Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, who was fired as commander at Walter Reed after the Washington Post published a series of gripping stories about the soldiers' shoddy medical care, argued that most patient care for returning soldiers "is superb."



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