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Posted: Tuesday, 08 July 2014 8:51PM

Veterans' Affairs Committee Hears from Whistleblowers



WASHINGTON, D.C.  -  The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs heard from four whistleblowers in the veterans hospital scandal including three physicians Tuesday evening.

The first district Congressman Tim Huelskamp, (R-Kan.), republican says, "Across this nation we've had dozens and dozens of brave men and women step forward to say, 'Hey! The care is failing.'" There's cover ups. There's incompetence. There are veterans who are dying."

He says it took whistleblowers coming forward to expose the problem but says some of them are facing reprisals including reassignments or firings.

"It's almost unbelievable that the folks who are in charge of our veterans are actually attacking those that are pointing out problems and cover ups in the system."

The VA scandal started with the Phoenix VA hospital but since spread across the nation and includes the finding of an unauthorized patient list at the Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita.

"We've heard from folks inside the Dole Center that have provided some pretty serious allegations. We're trying to document and substantiate those."

"Indeed we just heard a few weeks ago from an individual that claimed appointments were being made for patients who were already deceased months before. Then a provider calls them up and no one shows up because they were deceased six months before. How does that occur? That does not occur by accident. Those are just a taste of what we're hearing. We're also hearing of more serious allegations within the system."

Huelskamp says he's hoping legislation will result in protecting the whistleblowers.

"I think we all agree that if you do a poor job and veterans are harmed by incompetence, that's who should lose their job, not the people who report it."

 

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07/08/2014 8:53PM
Veterans' Affairs Committee Hears from Whistleblowers
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07/08/2014 9:37PM
Talk to the VETS..
The VA patient advocate is actually a VA advocate. Because the Doctor I have isn't paying attention to what I'm telling her. I asked to change doctors and what I got from the VA patient advocate was resistance 45 minutes of medical advice from someone who has ZERO medical training other than she once worked in the pharmacy area at the VA. I have not got a different doctor yet.
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