The military has reportedly banned a former doctor from all contracts following disturbing reports about his behavior.
John Henry Hagmann trained thousands of medical personnel and soldiers in battlefield medical procedures over the course of decades, but according to a damning report by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), a government medical school that trains health professionals for the military, he also abused his power. Hagmann, the report said, gave students drugs and alcohol, performed unnecessary rectal exams on them, and even drained their blood to test for shock (News, Aug. 19, "Trust me, I'm a doctor"). Some of the alleged abuse took place in Colorado.
Since the allegations were made public over the summer, Hagmann's Virginia medical license has been revoked. Hagmann's attorney has denied the abuse allegations.
USU's own report acknowledges that there were clear signs for years that Hagmann was violating rules, but those signs were apparently ignored, likely due to lax oversight and favoritism. Hagmann, who retired from the Army in 2000 after rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, was a retired USU faculty member.
In addition to his treatment of people, Hagmann was the subject of scorn from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for his long-time use of Live Tissue Training, which uses live animals to demonstrate medical procedures. PETA has long pushed for the use of life-like mannequins in military medical training rather than animals, and has released videos of improperly anesthetized pigs moaning as they are gutted in LTT exercises.
At the time the Independent first reported on Hagmann, his company, DMI (Deployment Medicine International), had been awarded at least 229 federal contracts since fiscal year 2008, totaling nearly $10 million. The federal government had reportedly stopped awarding contracts to DMI until further notice. But Reuters is now reporting that the U.S. military has taken harsher action, banning all contracts with Hagmann for the next 15 years.
"His suspension was changed to a full debarment on Nov. 12," Reuters reports, "preventing him from getting government contracts or federal assistance until 2030, U.S. Navy Lt. Jackie Pau said."
PETA has been jubilant about the announcement because DMI was one of the largest providers of Live Tissue Training.
"We're relieved that the federal government has debarred Deployment Medicine International (DMI) and that this cruel and predatory military training contractor, which was exposed by PETA, won't be able to blast pigs with shotguns or drug, molest, and experiment on soldiers with taxpayer money again," Justin Goodman, Director of PETA's Laboratory Investigations Department, stated in a release.