Employees at a D.C.-area Veterans Affairs hospital are calling on the newly appointed secretary to “stop this… incompetence” and implement reforms, USA Today reports.
According to internal documents obtained by the newspaper, the hospital’s status declined so significantly that local and regional officials were put on notice by a senior VA health executive, and an investigation was initiated.
An investigation that concluded earlier this year found that the department’s local, regional and national managers knew of the unsafe conditions at the hospital and did nothing to improve them, with the VA inspector general reporting “a culture of complacency and a sense of futility pervaded offices at multiple levels.”
Although VA officials announced in March that the hospital has seen “significant improvement,” the employees say the opposite.
“We ask you, our respected leaders, to stop this coverup and incompetence, to really care and live up to America’s promise to its Heroes,” the employees wrote to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and other officials. “Enough is enough.”
The VA responded by saying that the secretary passed their concerns on to top VA health officials.
“VA appreciates the employees’ concerns and will look into them right away,” VA press secretary Curt Cashour said in a written statement. “Veterans deserve only the best when it comes to their health care, and that’s why VA is focusing on improving its facilities in Washington and nationwide.”
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