Conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center were kept in the headlines by House committee hearings there. Gen George Weightman, who was relieved of command of the hospital last week, apologized for his shortcomings. ABC's David Kerley (subscription required) highlighted the "maze of paperwork and red tape" causing frustrating waiting lists. Dana Priest (at the tail of the Miklaszewski videostream), the Washington Post reporter who first exposed the squalid out-patient quarters at the hospital, predicted to NBC's Williams that the scandal of dysfunctional bureaucracy, substandard housing and patient neglect would go nationwide. As CBS' David Martin put it: "If this could happen at Walter Reed, the crown jewel of military hospitals, what about all the other facilities where wounded soldiers are treated?" The buzz in Pentagon corridors, noted NBC's Jim Miklaszewski, is that Kevin Kiley, the Army Surgeon General and former commander of Walter Reed, will soon be fired too.
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