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Veterans Affairs doctors claim they face retaliation if they speak out about the problems

June 15, 2014

 I suppose this should not come as a surprise to those who have been following the various scandals swirling around the Obama regime but Veterans Affairs doctors are claiming they face retaliation if they dare to speak about about the scandal.

The primary complaint of health care providers employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is retaliation by management – including “sham peer reviews” and even dismissal – for speaking up about serious deficiencies in the VA’s medical system, several VA doctors said during a two-day meeting in Washington on how to improve veterans’ health care.

Dr. Rafael Montecino, a surgeon with the VA in eastern Kansas, complained that “when you try to make things more efficient, the system is working against you. They say that you are creating a hostile environment.”

And “when you complain, or you say like ‘You know, this is not the right thing,’ then you become a target and they gang together to get you out of there,” Dr. Montecino added.

  And he is not alone, there is more:

“I mean, you know, I got fired from the VA many times,” Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI), chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs’ Subcommittee on Health who is also a doctor, commiserated with the physicians, dentists, and others talking about retaliation for complaining about substandard conditions in VA medical facilities they also complain about how there is been going on a lot of Pharmacy Negligence Claims around the hospital, which is someting that brings them down at the same time.

“You have to be willing to put your career on the line, frankly,” Benishek told them, recounting that he had been fired by the VA himself for voicing his concerns, but that he was eventually re-hired because of the scarcity of surgeons in his rural area.

The majority of the doctors who testified complained of “sham peer reviews” – a name given to the abuse of a medical peer review process to attack a doctor for personal or other non-medical reasons.

“Sham peer reviews are something that we need to look into because they’re destroying the doctors,” Dr. James Martin, a national representative for the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and physician on its National VA Council, told Benishek.

  Since the breadth of the Veterans Affairs scandal has come to light it is easy to see what their main objective has been and it isn’t in doing what they can to solve the problems, but rather doing whatever they can to hide the problems.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. MaddMedic permalink
    June 15, 2014 10:08 pm

    Reblogged this on Freedom Is Just Another Word… and commented:
    Government fail…and coverup…


  2. June 15, 2014 10:39 pm

    Reblogged this on BLOGGING BAD w/Gunny G! ~ (Attn: "CLINGERS").


  3. Laura Bernard Mielcarek permalink
    June 16, 2014 3:51 am

    My gosh. This corruption is surreal, the kind of unbelievable corruption that is only (supposed to be) found in fiction.



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