Veterans Affairs has decided not to consolidate its four Boston area hospitals into one medical center. A recently completed two-year study convinced officials not to centralize the Boston area VA medical services. Instead, officials will look at other options, which include transferring some services from the VA’s Bedford location to its Brockton facility and merging services at either its Jamaica Plains or West Roxbury sites. The VA had planned to close numerous older hospitals, opting to create more community clinics as part of a 20-year plan to revamp the massive health care operation. The plan was not well received among many veterans.
Former British prime minister and now foreign minister David Cameron urged the U.S. Congress not to stop supporting Ukraine, saying the West has gotten a bargain in dramatically reducing Russia’s military power for a fraction of the U.S. defense budget.