Rep. Roe: Loss of Trust in VA Puts Patient Care At Risk

Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 02:51 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Loss of trust in the services veterans receive at the Department of Veterans Affairs is putting the health of patients at risk, said Rep. Phil Roe.

"Patients are harmed because we're losing trust," the Tennessee Republican told Fox News' "Happening Now" Wednesday. "There are some allegations that are just mind-blowing to me."

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Roe, who is a physician and a veteran, is a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs that is investigating claims of extended wait times and secret wait lists for veterans seeking healthcare. He said there are currently 70 investigations being conducted by the Inspector General's office into problems at the VA.

Roe said even though "good people get up every day and go to the VA hospital to work," problems in the system were eroding trust in the VA. He pointed to internal VA investigations about claims of wrongdoing that came back reporting that no issues had been found.

One case, Roe explained, involved a VA facility in Brockton, Massachusetts, where "two veterans who had mental issues were put in a hospital there and didn't have a note in seven years in their charts." He said when the office of the medical investigator looked into the case, they reported there was "no harm done."

In another case, a doctor "who still is on the VA payroll" had 1,241 cases "where he had cut and pasted information that wasn't accurate in a veteran's record," Roe said, adding the investigation into that case found "no patient was harmed."

"They should be fired immediately, those people. And, this is going on right now," Roe said.

"The VA is losing the trust of veterans, and certainly losing the trust of this congressman."

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