This past Sunday, while picking up a copy of the Review Journal, I also glanced at the headline on the US Today paper. I did a double-take because the headline read as follows: VA Endangers Patients by Hiring Doctors With Troubled Pasts. All the red flags went up in my mind for several reasons. I had been discussing this very subject with three friends who were either still employed by the Veterans Affairs or had retired from there. Some of the horror stories told to me paralleled this very headline. I personally know of two VA hospitals in the Chicago area where this malfeasance and worse has been intermittently rampant over the years. It is not confined to the VA hospitals in Chicago, but has spread all over the country.
If you are lucky enough to actually see a physician when you go to the VA hospital for treatment, you in all probability, have no way to discern if that physician’s credential are above board and on the up and up, or even if he and/or she is board certified in his specialty.
With a little research, you can look up that particular physician and track where he or she trained, whether they are board certified and if they have transferred from one VA hospital to another.
The bottom line is all veterans should be able to receive timely and proper care within the VA system with the best medical physicians available.
You may also want to contact all congressional representatives who sit on the Veterans Affairs committee and ask what they intend to do about this deplorable situation. ALL VETERANS DESERVE BETTER THAN THEY ARE RECEIVING AND MUST BE HEARD!