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Army Secretary Harvey Resigns in Hospital Fallout

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Army Secretary Harvey Resigns in Hospital Fallout

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Army Secretary Harvey Resigns in Hospital Fallout

Army Secretary Harvey Resigns in Hospital Fallout

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A 2005 file photo shows U.S. Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey testifying on Capitol Hill. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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A 2005 file photo shows U.S. Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey testifying on Capitol Hill.

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Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey resigned today over the lapse in outpatient care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The secretary resigned one day he fired Maj. Gen. George Weightman, the military commander at Walter Reed.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced Harvey's resignation.

Gates said he was "disappointed that some in the Army have not adequately appreciated the seriousness of the situation pertaining to outpatient care at Walter Reed."

Lt. Gen. Kevin C. Kiley, M.D., the surgeon-general of the Army who was chosen by Harvey to replace Weightman, previously ran the Walter Reed facility. Critics were angered that Kiley was picked to head the hospital again, saying that he knew about the problems there as early as 2003.

In announcing the new shift, Gates said, "I am concerned that some do not properly understand the need to communicate to the wounded and their families that we have no higher priority than their care, and that addressing their concerns about the quality of their outpatient experience is critically important."

Harvey's resignation is the latest shakeup that began when The Washington Post ran a series of articles that exposed mounds of paperwork and unhealthy living conditions at Walter Reed two weeks ago.