New Documents Reveal La. VA Staff Falsified Records in 2010

Friday, 23 May 2014 10:28 AM

By Melanie Batley

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As the controversy deepens over secret waiting lists at veterans hospitals across the country, it has emerged that the Veterans Affairs Department investigated forgeries and misconduct at a VA hospital in Louisiana in 2010.

According to The Washington Times, 23 employees at a facility in Shreveport were placed on leave after accusations by a whistleblower, Nancy Faulk, that employees were "participating in the falsification of competency records."

Faulk accused the department of retaliating against her for raising concerns that race figured into disciplinary actions against three black nurses as a result of the investigation. The accusations have resulted in a federal lawsuit which is still ongoing.

In a 2012 case at the same facility, another former employee claimed the center's acting medical director did not initially place white nurses on non-duty status or include them in the administration investigation, the Times reported.

VA officials did not respond to questions from the Times, but the latest revelations will bring even greater scrutiny into the VA's record-keeping practices which are already the subject of a widespread investigation covering over 26 facilities across the country.

Illinois Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin called for a "complete review" of VA facilities nationwide after a meeting with embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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