AMA to monitor draft plan
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 27, 2004
AMA delegates, meeting in Atlanta this month, voted to monitor the contingency plan to draft physicians and other health care professionals in an emergency. The AMA will also work with the Selective Service System to address questions and concerns regarding implementation of the plan.
An Oct. 19 article in The New York Times reported that the agency had updated its contingency plans for a draft of civilian health care workers.
In response to the article, William Winkenwerder Jr., MD, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said doctors should not worry about being drafted. The military health system is ready and capable of handling a national emergency, he said.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/12/27/prbf1227.htm.