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Bush apologizes for shoddy conditions at flagship U.S. Army hospital

Bush apologizes for shoddy conditions at flagship U.S. Army hospital

President George W. Bush apologized Friday for the shoddy conditions at the U.S. Army's flagship hospital and promised during a visit to the facility for war veterans that "we're going to fix the problem."
Critics questioned the timing of Bush's visit six weeks after poor conditions and neglect of veterans were exposed there.
Bush toured the main hospital at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and Abrams Hall, where soldiers were transferred after they were removed from the facility's Building 18, where moldy walls, rodent infestation and other problems went unchecked until reported by the media. He said his conversations with those who had been in Building 18 left him "disturbed by their accounts."
"The problems at Walter Reed were caused by bureaucratic and administrative failures," the president said at the end of a more than two-hour visit. "The system failed you and it failed our troops and we're going to fix it."