The Trump administration has just uncovered one frightening and deadly, fact: the Department of Veterans Affairs has been hiring medical staff with revoked medical licenses, and apparently this has been happening for the past two decades, and it violates federal laws.
In direct contradiction to a 1999 law that bars any VA from hiring doctor and nurses whose licenses had been revoked in no matter what state, in 2002 the VA distributed guidelines that let its hospitals to hire the ones that had a license in one of the 50 states, even if they had been subject to a license revocation up to now.
A report by USA Today starts out, “Veteran patients in imminent danger at VA hospital in D.C., investigation finds” and according to it, the conditions at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center are quite dangerous – the agency’s chief watchdog group put out a report alerting patients about the issues at that organization.
It seems that several issues were found at that location, lack of critical supplies – bone material needed for knee replacement surgeries and tubes needed for kidney dialysis included, due to an ineffective inventory system. Worse than having a lack of an effective system might be the fact that the inspector general discovered that senior VA leaders were aware about the problems and did nothing to rectify it.
Plus, the investigators reviewed 25 sterile storage areas, 18 of which turned out to be dirty.
Actually, these types of reports from the inspector general are not commonly made. The last one occurred three years ago.
Washington V.A. medical director Brian Hawkins has since been relieved of his position and placed on administrative leave.
Anyway, there is the larger issue of did or did not a government-run healthcare system, as promoted by many liberals, would be capable of providing quality healthcare to the Americans. If this V.A. debacle is any indication, it most certainly would not.
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