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 whistleblower 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.