When it comes to your health, you want to know that the medical facility
you go to will take good care of you. Some people are now questioning
how good the care is at local Veterans Affairs hospitals. Delayed care
has allegedly led to multiple injuries and deaths in these facilities,
and many critics believe it’s time for these issues to end.
There have been whistle blower allegations that delayed care led to patient
injuries and that falsified records covered up those issues. Fortunately,
the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs
began investigating reports of medical malpractice in medical facilities
in 26 different cities.
There have been concerns about delayed care at VA hospitals for a number
of years, according to the news, but now there is evidence that the strain
on the system could have caused conflicts for health care managers and
workers. With the war, the hospital staff suddenly had more patients than
usual, and many had substantial and complicated health issues. In some
areas, the stress and number of patients allegedly led to doctors and
nurses leaving the hospitals.
Some people have suggested that the VA records have been falsified due
to the need to meet certain data points for bonuses. You might have heard
about this issue in the news in Ohio, because in Arizona, around 40 people
died from what may have been delayed care. It was believed that the veterans
could not get in to see the doctors for over 12 months. The information
about that situation suggested that Phoenix officials had used tactics
to misrepresent patient wait times, which allowed them to collect bonus checks.
There have also been reports of wrongful deaths happening due to delays
in tests. Twenty-three veterans allegedly died from gastrointestinal cancer
at 13 different facilities due to delays in endoscopy screenings. One
of those deaths was linked to the VA department in Cleveland.