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ChicanoPwr Donating Member (536 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-31-05 09:33 PM
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78. This is why Tinoire
The Health Care Personnel Delivery System (HCPDS) is a standby plan developed for the Selective Service System at the request of Congress. If needed it would be used to draft health care personnel in a crisis. It is designed to be implemented in connection with a national mobilization in an emergency, and then only if Congress and the President approve the plan and pass and sign legislation to enact it. No portion of the plan is designed for implementation in peacetime. If implemented, HCPDS would:

Provide a fair and equitable draft of doctors, nurses, medical technicians and those with certain other health care skills if, in some future emergency, the militarys existing medical capability proved insufficient and there is a shortage of volunteers.
Include women, unless directed otherwise by Congress and the President.

Draft a very small percentage of Americas health care providers into military service. Impact on the availability of civilian health care would be minimal. Those health-care workers whose absence would seriously hurt their communities would be deferred on the basis of community essentiality.

Begin a mass registration of male and female health care workers between the ages of 20 and 45. They would register at local post offices. HCPDS would provide medical personnel from a pool of 3.4 million doctors, nurses, specialists and allied health professionals in more than 60 fields of medicine.

Require minimal training for HCPDS draftees, because they are already skilled personnel.
Those draft boards were are already to go.

Yet back in October 21, 2004, The NY Times ran this fair tale:
Pentagon Says No Medical Draft Is Needed ( AP )

ABSTRACT - Dr William Winkenwerder Jr, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, says draft of civilian health care workers is unnecessary; says Pentagon's own medical system and private health care networks with which it is associated are sufficient under any circumstances...
Which is kind of interesting because Rep Jos E. Serrano (D-NY) came out with this press release the day before the Times ran their story.
A First Step Towards the Draft: Medical Workers

Washington, DC, October 20, 2004Today, Congressman Jos E. Serrano (D-NY) expressed outrage over a report by the Selective Service recommending a plan for a draft of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers during times of crisis. An article in yesterdays New York Times exposed the confidential report, which detailed how such a draft might work and how public opinion could be manipulated.

This report shows that the Bush Administration is in fact preparing for a possible draft, said Serrano. The administration has dangerously overextended Americas armed forces in Iraq, and put the lives of countless soldiers in danger. Instead of planning for how to re-build that nation, the President instead decided to plan for a draft. Make no mistake, a draft for medical workers could be just the first step towards the return of mandatory military service.

The report details how health care professionals ages 18-44 would register with the Selective Service, a process that would include some 3.4 million doctors, nurses, and other health care workers. The report, done by a private contractor for the government, also stated that a medical draft would be sure to disrupt the lives of those who were called to duty.

The release of this report seemingly confirms the fears of millions of young adults in the United States that the President is pursuing a policy to reinstitute a military draft after the election. The President already has instituted policies that, in effect, constitute a back-door draft for members of National Guard and Reserve units, by extending their tours of duty. Additionally, by calling up recently separated members of the military, who have already fulfilled their military commitments, the Bush administration has essentially created a draft of individuals who have already served in our countrys Armed Forces. The Bush Administration has already instituted a back-door draft for members of the National Guard, Reserve units, and members of the military who have finished their service, said Serrano. It should come as no surprise to Americans that bad planning in Iraq is starting to lead to bad policy in the United States. The medical draft is already being planned forwho will be next?
They were already planning the draft. I am concern too, my sister is a doctor too.
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