Delays in Care Threaten Health and Safety of Veterans, New VA Whistleblower Says
With criticism mounting on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki over allegations that veterans in Phoenix died while waiting for care, another whistleblower has stepped forward with documents alleging he witnessed incidents that together pose "a substantial and specific threat to the mental health and safety of our veterans."
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#1 May 11, 2014
Mathews provided an internal document and extensive email exchanges with his superiors to ABC News and CIR showing he was removed from his post after he says he complained about how few veterans psychiatrists were actually seeing. He says that resulting delays in care led to a logjam.
More people like this need to come out and tell the truth about what is going on at theses VA's nationwide. Hope someone listens and takes ACTION!!!!
#2 May 12, 2014
OMG, 246 DOCUMENTED cases of failing to provide timely care for our veterans where the VA has already paid for their mistakes. How many more THOUSANDS, TENS OF THOUSANDS OR EVEN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of veterans have been ignored the same way? We'll never know but even ONE is too many. Now we hear from another VA Center that Psychatrists were not spending their PAID hours doing what they should have, seeing patients. Like that is a shock. Why do you think there is a backlog in some specialities? Those specialists are not doing their job and they are not being held acountable. Why? Because the VA never wants to upset their doctors, they may quit or transfer and what good is any hospital without doctors?
This looks more and more like a system wide problem and not just a few local problems. How else do you explain problems at so many locations?
#3 May 12, 2014
#4 May 12, 2014
well of course the purposful delays cause health problems to worsen. anyone that cannot see that their plan to shorten wait times is working as their delays reduce the number in line for care (by dying off) . it's a purposful strategy that works and is coming soon to your socialized care under medicaire and medicaid.
#5 May 13, 2014
You are correct. This a tried and true method of reducing the VA's responsibility to our veterans. Look how long it took the VA to approve many service connected claims from veterans from both Korea and Viet Nam, not to mention all of the "minor" combat deployments along the way. The VA's waiting time has been reduced to 12-18 months for todays Iraq/Afgansastan veterans while some from the Viet Nam era veterans have been waiting 10+ years. It is indeed an excellent strategy for reducing costs at the VA. They do the shuffle and hope the veteran dies before they can collect on what is owed them.
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