Top VA health official resigns under fire
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top official for the health care of veterans resigned Friday amid a firestorm over reported delays in care and falsified records at veterans hospitals.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said he has accepted the resignation of Robert Petzel, the department’s undersecretary for health care, effective immediately. Shinseki had asked for the resignation, a department official later said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for attribution.
Reports of long waits for appointments and processing benefit applications have plagued VA for years. The agency has shortened backlogs but allegations that veterans have died while awaiting VA care have created an election-year uproar. A former clinic director at the VA’s medical center in Phoenix told a House committee last month that up to 40 people may have died while awaiting appointments and that VA officials kept a secret appointment list to mask the delays.
Shinseki asked the VA’s inspector general to investigate the clinic director’s charges. An initial review of 17 people who died while awaiting appointments at the Phoenix hospital found that none of their deaths appeared to have been caused by delays in treatment, acting inspector general Richard Griffin told senators Thursday. But he also said new complaints about wait lists and falsified patient appointment had surfaced at other VA hospitals and clinics after the Phoenix allegations came to light. At least 10 new allegations about manipulated waiting times and other problems have surfaced in the past three weeks, he said. SOURCE
There are a couple of items that I have listed on the Comments and Registration page that I make infinitely clear;
● Be advised; no one will be allowed to comment here that comes into this blog and attempts to attack members of the U.S. Military and/or Law Enforcement.
I am NOT naïve, I know that as with any profession there will always be a bad apple or 2 among the *good guys*, but unless a Troop or Police Officer causes me to feel otherwise, I have the greatest respect for what these heroes do in service to their homes, this nation and every citizen in these United States!
That said; I am appalled at the overall treatment our military Veterans receive after they have sacrificed unselfishly, their minds, their bodies, their limbs and in far too many cases, their lives.
I am not blaming just the Obama regime for this lack of care and compassion for our military Veterans; this is something that has gone on for far too long in America.
I am familiar with V.A. abuses and shoddy treatment going back to the early 1970’s when the V.A. Hospital in my home town had a vicious reputation for sending Vets OUT in worse shape than they were when admitted. In far too many cases, they were dead from some of the procedures that they suffered.
This is NOT a topic that I am a stranger to.
I have written about the atrocious *care* our Veterans are subjected to. Here are a few examples from previous posts on The TexasFred Blog.
Obama to Bill Combat Wounded for Medical Care
The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization says he is “deeply disappointed and concerned” after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases. SOURCE
Unsterile equipment used on Miami veterans
MIAMI – Officials say more than 3,000 patients at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Miami had colonoscopies with equipment that wasn’t properly sterilized. They’ve been told they should be tested for HIV and other diseases. SOURCE
VA links poor care to 19 deaths at Ill. hospital
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Substandard care at a southern Illinois Veterans Affairs hospital may have contributed to 19 deaths over the past two years, a VA official said Monday as he apologized to affected families and pledged reform. SOURCE
VA patient tests positive for HIV after mistakes
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Veterans Affairs department says a patient has tested positive for HIV after being exposed to contaminated equipment at a medical facility. SOURCE
The people who have given this nation their best get nothing but the worst from the nation they have served so well.
It seems that somehow, we always have money to help impoverished nations the world over, even our enemies, but we don’t have the money to take care of our military heroes.
Somehow, appalling just isn’t a strong enough word.