VA Ordering Review of 1,400 Clinics after Walter Reed Controversy

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The VA is ordering its 1,400 hospitals and clinics to report on the quality of their facilities.

The review follows news reports and fallout about the substandard
conditions found at the Army's Walter Reed Medical Center in

Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson issued the directive in an internal memorandum sent last week to the VA's medical center directors.

Nicholson says "recent events" compelled him to redouble efforts to improve the physical environment at outpatient center and medical facilities.

Monday, Nicholson paid a surprise visit to the VA medical center in Richmond, Virginia, as part of the department's ongoing efforts to make sure veterans are receiving good care.

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