Some enlisted immigrant doctors say they can’t use their medical skills to help the Army battle the coronavirus, and are instead left doing menial tasks, The Washington Post reported.
In the meantime, the military has a shortage of doctors, and the Army has begun asking retired soldiers with medical expertise to return to active duty.
So far, the Department of Defense has reported 280 coronavirus cases throughout the armed forces.
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A number of immigrant doctors have been unable to use their medical skills in the Army to battle the coronavirus pandemic due to lengthy, years-long background checks, according to The Washington Post.
Several of them told The Post they are not allowed to practice medicine in uniform and have instead spent their time completing basic tasks such as cleaning and taking out trash — all while the military suffers a shortage in doctors and an uptick in coronavirus cases.
Some have taken their skills to civilian hospitals instead, where they have begun treating coronavirus patients instead of military service members.
One doctor from India who specializes in respiratory illnesses told The Post he recently treated some 40 coronavirus patients in New York City, after spending years as …read more
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