Is Phoenix the only health care system involved in this enormous scandal? NO!
Fortunately, Wisconsin is not. However, these observations were noted on our National American Legion Website regarding some of the facilities that were affected:
MAY 9, 2014
A VA employee is put on leave when an email surfaces on CBS News detailing specific instructions for “gaming the system” to “get off the bad boys list.” The employee is placed on suspension in May, when the story breaks, but another whistle blower in the Cheyenne office notes VA’s Office of the Special Counsel was informed of the situation in December 2013, five months before VA responed to the accusations.
Ft. Collins, CO
As mentioned in the Texas allegations, employees in Ft. Collins were directed to manipulate the books to cnceal evidence of lengthy wait times for appointments.
MAY 18, 2014
According to a doctor at the center, veterans with serious heart conditions, gangrene and even brain tumors waited months for care at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center.
Austin and San Antonio, TX
MAY 8, 2014
A former staff member for VA is quoted in the Austin American Statesman accusing supervisors of forcing concealment of long wait times by manipulating the scheduling system. The alleged falsication is said to have occurred in locations in Austin and the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio.
St. Louis, MO
May 12, 2014
Former St. Louis VA Chief of Psychiatry alleges that he was demoted for trying to improve productivity, prompting an investigation.
May 13, 2014
A VA social worker details on CBS News how scheduling wait times are manipulated in order to protect pay bonuses.
Multiple whistleblower complaints range from misdiagnosis of fatal illnesses to improper sterilization of instruments and failures in hospital management practices. After nearly 70% turnover in management, slow progress is now being made.
Despite four preventable patient deaths, three of
which were linked to widespread mismanagement, medical center director received $65,000 in bonuses over four years over the protest of The American Legion and local veterans.
May 14, 2014
Veteran suffering from PTSD dies in incident with son after long struggle to receive care from VA, frustrated by being shuttled between multiple counselors with maddening wait times.
Persistent management failures lead to a deadly Legionella outbreak that kills at least 6 veterans and harms over 20 more. The manager in charge of oversight escapes discipline and collects a $63,000 bonus over Legion protests.
Charleston, W. VA
A doctor employed at the Huntington VAMC from 2008 to 2010 claims she was told to put patients seeking treatment off for months on end – and that at least two of them committed suicide.
Six patient deaths linked to delayed screenings for colorectal cancer, investigation revealed the facility had only used ¼ of the $1 million in funding they had been given specifically to eliminate the backlog in screenings over the course of the year.
MAY 12, 2014
Two Durham VA Medical Center employees are put on administrative leave pending review of “inappropriate scheduling practices” sometime between 2009 and 2012.
Delayed gastrointestinal consults result in at least seven veterans adversely affected by the delays in care.
An audit team sent to the Malcom Randall VAMC discovered a list of patients needing follow-up appointments that was kept on paper
instead of in VA's electronic system.
Restoring a System Worth Saving
The American Legion still believes that veterans deserve the specialized care they receive at VA Medical Facilities. We are actively pursuing initiatives to help rebuild both the health care system and the trust of the veterans they serve.