There are VA Hospitals all throughout the United States. You would think and want the VA hospitals to be at its best ethical standards especially with Americans who have served in the military. Throughout the United States there is a total of 153 VA hospitals, 773 outpatient centers and about 260 Vet Centers for (counseling) My concern is that if there is a lowering of ethical standards in one hospital what is to say that there are others of the same unethical standards going on that have not as yet been detected.
This is from Fox News: Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are calling for a Senate investigation and hearings into allegations that up to 40 Arizona veterans died while awaiting medical appointments at the Phoenix VA Medical Center.
“McCain also wrote to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, citing a report in the Arizona Republic on whistle-blower allegations about veteran deaths and accusations about VA administrators keeping secret waiting lists. This is just disgusting. I can’t even believe that a VA Hospital would go to such an extreme as to keep secret waiting lists. “Last week, Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, said the panel’s investigators concluded as many as 40 Arizona veteran deaths could be related to VA delays in providing them medical care. Some veterans say wait times now average 55 days.”
What they were doing was keeping two sets of waiting time lists so as to hide the real time a veteran was waiting for care. This is murder if you ask me. You have a veteran who is ill and they know it and instead of facing the fact something has to be done with this veteran to have him or her treated they put their name on a phony waiting list so as not to arouse suspicion and the veteran dies from neglect. Now this is only one VA Hospital in Arizona among a total as I stated above of 153 hospitals throughout the United States.
“Dr. Sam Foote, a former VA doctor in the Phoenix system, told Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File” Thursday night “we believe senior management obviously had knowledge of this. “Earlier, he told CNN that the alleged secret waiting list was used by senior management to conceal the fact that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor.
The VA has stated that the Phoenix VA is taking this very serious and is allowing a comprehensive review. Of course they are going to say that. I hope they don’t find that this is part of the budget cutting that has been going on in the military, that would definitely be the last straw to know that the VA is cutting corners and one of the ways is to mistreat that veteran in that hospital bed. This would be unacceptable.