The physician faraway from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s schedule after criticizing Donald Trump for doubtlessly exposing others to the coronavirus whereas the president recovered from his an infection there stated Sunday that he stands by his feedback.
Dr. James Phillips expressed gratitude to his colleagues in a tweet Sunday saying his closing shift as an emergency drugs doctor on the facility in Bethesda, Maryland.
“Today, I worked my final shift at Walter Reed ER,” Phillips wrote. “I will miss the patients and my military and civilian coworkers ― they have been overwhelmingly supportive. I’m honored to have worked there and I look forward to new opportunities. I stand by my words, and I regret nothing.”
Phillips made headlines in October for bashing Trump’s determination to briefly go away Walter Reed whereas being handled for COVID-19 and take a joyride in his presidential motorcade to greet supporters gathered outdoors the hospital.
“Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,” Phillips had tweeted on the time.
“They might get sick,” he added. “They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”
Phillips — the head of Disaster and Operational Medicine within the Emergency Medicine Department of the George Washington University School of Medicine ― labored at Walter Reed on a contract foundation.
Earlier this month, CBS News reported that Phillips was being faraway from Walter Reed’s schedule. The hospital has denied being behind the choice.
“As you may know, Dr. Phillips worked as a contract employee at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), which provides requirements for contract employees to the contract agency,” Walter Reed stated in a press release to HuffPost on Monday. “The contract agency then works together with contract employees to determine individual schedules. There was no decision made by anyone at WRNMMC to remove Dr. Phillips from the schedule.”
Neither Phillips nor his contractor, GW Medical Faculty Associates, instantly returned HuffPost’s requests for remark.
Lisa Anderson, a spokesperson for the George Washington University School of Medicine, instructed CBS News earlier this month that Phillips stays on employees at GWU Hospital in downtown Washington.
“While we cannot comment on the scheduling assignments of our providers, we can confirm that he continues to be employed at the GW Medical Faculty Associates,” Anderson instructed CBS News.
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