The more we learn about the VA scandal, the worse it gets.
Today, CNN’s Drew Griffin reports that a veteran who had mental illness didn’t receive a psychiatric evaluation for more than eight years.
“The Office of Special Counsel, these are the government prosecutor that protect government whistle blowers. So if you’re inside the VA and you want to come forward with something you know is harming patients, this is the agency you go to.” Griffin said. “This agency just wrote a letter to the president saying ‘look, basically, we don’t believe the VA is investigating are cases, we don’t believe the VA is investigating or coming to the right conclusions when it comes to patient harm.'”
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) “detailed 10 different cases where obvious patient harm took place,” Griffin said, “but there was no follow through.”
In the letter and report sent to the White House, the OSC details a case in which two veterans in a Veterans Affairs psychiatric facility languished for years without proper treatment.
All this comes just as a new VA audit reveals that Department of Veterans Affairs administrators knew two years ago that employees throughout the Southwest were manipulating data on doctor appointments. The audit also says that VA officials failed to stop the practice despite a national directive, according to records obtained by The Arizona Republic .
“In addition, this letter points out that there are 50 new allegations from whistle blowers that are being investigated right now. All of them involving patient harm, and that are not quite being investigated by the VA,” Griffin said.
One case “is about a veteran who for 8 years, they knew he had mental illness and he didn’t a psychiatric for eight years,” Griffin reports.
We have been covering the VA scandal since is was first exposed in April. And since that time, former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned and a handful of other VA officials have been placed on administrative leave. Elsewhere, termination proceedings have been initiated.
But no one has gone to jail.
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