Federal budget cuts hit Fort Bragg Army hospital

Federal budget cuts hit Fort Bragg Army hospital

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FORT HOOD, TX - NOVEMBER 10: U.S. Army soldiers stand together as they salute during the memorial service that U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended in honor of the thirteen victims of the shooting rampage allegedly by U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan on November 10, 2009 in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan, an army psychiatrist, is accused of killed 13 people and wounded 30 in a shooting at the military base on November 5, 2009. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 8:34 PM

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — The Army medical center at Fort Bragg is cutting services and telling workers to take unpaid time off as a result of federal budget cuts ripple through the Defense Department.

Womack Army Medical Center and its clinics and pharmacies serve more than 200,000 Fort Bragg soldiers, airmen, their families and retired military veterans. The post says the hospital's main outpatient pharmacy will close Sundays beginning July 14, and two other pharmacies will close Saturdays or cut open hours beginning next month.

Outlying primary care clinics will be shut down on Fridays beginning the week of July 8 and lasting through the month of September.

Congress and President Barack Obama agreed to $1.2 trillion in automatic reductions to defense and domestic programs in a package called sequester.

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