Wartime Expansion Capacity of Military Hospitals in Conus
INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA
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This is our final report on the Audit of Wartime Expansion Capacity of Military Hospitals in CONUS for your information and use. Comments on a draft of this report were considered in preparing this final report. We made the audit from May through September 1989, at the request of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Health Affairs because of a Program Decision Memorandum directed study of Wartime Medical Requirements. The objective of our audit was to determine the maximum bed capacity of CONUS hospitals and the executability of the Armys plans for creating expanded bed capacity in other facilities during wartime. We did not assess the adequacy of internal controls applicable to the audit objectives because reported bed capacities and mobilization expansion plans were not considered assessable units, and the subjective nature of planning did not lend itself to the process. The audit showed that -he Military Departments could meet or exceed their reported expanded bed capacities using CONUS hospitals and other facilities. However, the Army will have a shortfall of about 18,000 beds after mobilization until construction of required mobilization-design hospitals and wards is completed. Improvements were necessary in the Armys Mobilization Plan to provide restorative and rehabilitative patient care in CONUS hospitals. The results of the audit are summarized in the following paragraph, and the details, recommendations, and management comments are in Part II of this report.
- Administration and Management
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics