By Rachel Huggins - 05/27/14 11:28 PM EDT
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a 90-day review of the military healthcare system amid a nationwide investigation into treatment delays and secret waiting lists at Veteran Affairs facilities.
Hagel will meet Wednesday with senior Pentagon leaders to discuss the review's parameters. He also expects to receive recommendations on how to improve the system once the review is complete, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
The announcement comes after the Army removed the commander at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., and three top deputies Tuesday, following reports that two patients unexpectedly died in the past two weeks after treatment at an Army hospital, according to The New York Times.