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      3,400 civilian defense medical workers quit over sequestration

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      The Department of Defense lost about 3,400 civilian medical workers to resignation as the threat of furloughs due to sequestration loomed earlier this year, USA Today says.

      According to the Army's surgeon general, Lt. Gen Patricia Horoho, her corps of civilian medical staff dropped by more than 6 percent alone. Eighteen percent of that total, which was about 2,700, were doctors and nurses.

      Horoho tells USA Today that she believes the mass resignations of civilian workers was directly related to the uncertainty over the length and implementation of federal furloughs due to massive budget cuts.

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