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Bradley Announces Manchester VA Medical Center Emergency Room Will Stay Open

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BRADLEY ANNOUNCES MANCHESTER VA MEDICAL CENTER EMERGENCY ROOM WILL STAY OPEN

First District Congressman Jeb Bradley today received word from the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that the VA's proposal to curtail the hours of operation at the Manchester VA Medical Center emergency room will not be implemented. The proposal would have closed the emergency room between the hours of 10 PM and 6 AM and possibly on the weekends.

"The last thing I want a veteran to worry about when faced with a serious health emergency is how he or she is going to pay for care at a private facility. This proposal, which would have been implemented with virtually no public or Congressional input, would have hurt New Hampshire veterans. Our veterans deserve nothing short of the best available care, and we owe it to them to ensure that our VA medical centers remain open and accessible," said Bradley, a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. "I also want to personally commend and thank Deputy Secretary Gordon Mansfield for taking the time to meet with me on several occasions so that the concerns of New Hampshire veterans could be addressed and this proposal could be shelved before harming our nation's veterans."

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http://www.house.gov/bradley/20060627_main.html

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