VA Secretary Turfs Manchester Medical Center Director After Abysmal Report

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 17, 2017

The Boston Globe reported that 11 physicians and medical employees alleged the Manchester VA Medical Center was endangering patients.

On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin announced immediate action, including staffing changes.

"These are serious allegations, and we want our Veterans and our staff to have confidence in the care we're providing", Shulkin said in a statement. The VA said it would soon find a replacement for the chief of staff, James Schlosser. Shulkin also said the VA Office of the Medical Inspector and the VA Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection were starting a "top-to-bottom review" of the hospital, beginning Monday. Kuster said she was "deeply concerned". As a result, the hospital stopped offering nuclear stress tests for heart disease risk and bone scans that can detect tumors this year.

"I immediately contacted the executive director, then immediately contacted the secretary of the VA himself, Dr. Shulkin, in Washington, D.C.", he said. They said the hospital was addressing the shortcomings and patient safety hasn't been compromised.

"Ratings can deceive. Inside the unassuming red-brick walls of the Manchester medical center is ground zero for an extraordinary rebellion led by doctors who say they have nearly no say in how the hospital is run, lack tools to do their jobs, and witness chronic shortcomings in patient care".

"It's like if you suddenly saw cases of syphilis - a disease that has always been curable with penicillin", Kois said.

According to VA documents from December, the Manchester VA Medical Center, the only VA hospital in New Hampshire, was given four stars on a five-star rating system that compares VA hospitals nationwide. The Manchester center provides urgent care, primary care, ambulatory surgery, mental health treatment and other services, but it contracts with Concord Hospital and others for more elaborate surgery and inpatient care. It ordered an investigation by the VA Office of Medical Inspector, which began in January.

"They need to put their money where their mouth is", he said.

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