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American Agenda (Medicine: Empty Veterans Administration Hospital Beds) #141900

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 02, 1992
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Tuskegee, Alabama: George Strait) Issue of the possible use of empty Veterans Administration hospital beds by non-veterans examined; case of Tuskegee, Alabama, where the only private hospital has closed while the Veterans Administration hospital has space, detailed; medical scenes shown. [Brother of heart attack victim, Clarence MARABLE, Dr. Howard KENNY, Tuskegee Veterans Administration Medical Center director Jimmie CLAY - comment on the hospital situation in Tuskegee.] Opposition to the idea from veterans groups noted. [Senator Richard SHELBY, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Edward DERWINSKI, American Legion John HANSON - offer differing opinions on the hospital issue.] Senate noted voting to stop the experimental use of Veterans Administration hospitals. [Macon County commission chairman Frank HILL - calls it a political game.] [SHELBY - comments on the issue.] Angry reaction of Tuskegee to the government's abandonment of an experiment that would benefit the town outlined. [HILL - says it was a chance for the Veterans Administration to redeem itself.]

Jennings, Peter;
Strait, George

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