VA inspections show continued exam flaws

From The Washington Times:

“Fewer than half of Veterans Affairs centers given a surprise inspection last month had proper training and guidelines in place for common endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopies – even after the agency learned that mistakes may have exposed thousands of veterans to HIV and other diseases.”

“The random inspections were conducted May 13-14 at 42 VA medical centers across the country. They found that 43 percent of the centers have standard operating procedures in place and have properly trained their staffs for using endoscopic equipment.”

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2 Responses to “VA inspections show continued exam flaws”

  1. I don’t think you’re missing anything and I agree with you 100 percent. There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of massive failure. What makes it more frustrating is that the VA isn’t being forthcoming about the extent of the problem. Unfortunately, it’s more of the same.

  2. Dorin says:

    Good follow up, because in my opinion they have had ample time to train and correct deficiencies in an area that has been well documented was a problem. 43 percent, that is about 18 out of 42 that passed, even 1 failure is unacceptable to me.

    The government wants to fix the health care system for the entire country, yet they cannot fix one problem within the VA itself, which is after all a government agency. Am I missing something here? Is it that hard to identify a procedural problem and correct it? Or is simply a matter of bureaucratic indifference?

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