Thanks to ObamaCare. The murderous disasters going on right now at VA hospitals should be a wake up call to America. This is what socialized medicine looks like, and it’s what ObamaCare will bring to your hospital in the near future.
Supposedly the Department of Justice is investigating the mess at the VA, but don’t expect to see anything happening soon. The administrators at the VA are so confident that they’ll walk, and probably with bonuses for great patient care in hand, that they’re slapping down whistleblowers with impunity.
When Valerie Riviello, a nurse at a Veterans Affairs facility in New York, saw the clinic restrain a sexual assault survivor to a bed for seven consecutive hours, she released the woman.
The next day, Ms. Riviello said, she was removed from her post as senior nurse manager and given a full-time desk job that prohibited her from contact with patients. She eventually was reprimanded and is facing a 30-day unpaid suspension for releasing the woman.
Now, Ms. Riviello is one of more than 50 whistleblowers who say the Veterans Affairs Department retaliated against them for trying to do their jobs.
We’ve no doubt that administrators will continue to retaliate, and we’ve also no doubt that the whistleblowers will eventually pay for their honesty and forthright behavior with their careers. There are 50 right now and the VA will take their sweet time investigating. In Ms. Riveillo’s case, she might get the 30 day suspension taken off her employment record and she might get her money, but she’s still got to make ends meet for the next 30 days, and you can bet that’s a real attention getter for any other nurse who might be thinking about blowing a whistle.
Here’s what the VA has to say.
A Stratton VA official said the hospital takes the accusations “very seriously” and encourages all employees to report their concerns.
“VA employees have a number of venues available to them to raise issues and concerns,” said Peter Potter, director of public affairs for the facility. “The Albany Stratton VA Medical Center values all internal and external reviews as opportunities to affirm the quality of our medical care and practices and to identify opportunities for improvement.”
Peter, that bull**it and you know it. Your VA medical center values nothing but their administrators’ bonuses. By the way Peter, just how much were those bonuses?
It turns out that the same woman was put in restraints again, so doctors could enjoy a long weekend, the woman was in restraints for three days and no nurses dared to do or say anything. They got the message.
We’re hoping that the states will take up the mantle and defend our ailing veterans, many of whom can’t speak for themselves. In our hometown of Phoenix, we want to see the state investigate the deaths of at least 40 veterans at the Carl Hayden Veterans Hospital who were under the care of VA Director Sharon Hellman. Hellman was given a $9,345 performance bonus last year. We wonder if she’d killed 100 vets if it would have been more.
We’d like to see Hellman and her ilk prosecuted for negligent homicide at a minimum. She oversaw the off-the-books lists of veterans appointments, and those veterans died because of it. All so she could pocket another $9,345. Just $233 per veteran.
Ms. Hellman, I hope you and every VA administrator who knew about these lists rot in hell.
On the other hand, you do win our thanks for showing what hospital administrators in the age of ObamaCare will be doing to the rest of us.