Army refuses to release details of investigation
ADAM ASHTON; Staff writer
Published: Feb. 10, 2013 at 12:05 a.m. PST
Army leaders insist they have fixed flaws in Madigan Army Medical Center’s behavioral health department that resulted in the misdiagnoses of hundreds of patients. But they have refused to release reports that could substantiate their findings and shed light on what happened at the Army hospital last year.
The latest in a long string of denials and non-disclosures happened last week when Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He called a press conference Monday to announce the completion of an Army-wide behavioral health investigation that stemmed from the Madigan reports, but he declined to share it.
McHugh said a task force review had generated 24 findings and 47 recommendations, but he would not release them and described only one. He signed a memo intended to bolster Army wellness programs and left open the door to release more information later.
“It is my intent to make major portions of that document available,” he told reporters. “I’m not here to design any kind of cover up or not put out those data points, and I’ll make those available to you.”