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Taking one for the Gipper…

Good morning, Netizens…


Reference to: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jun/16/va-inspections-still-find-flaws/, also AP


WASHINGTON – 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….


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


I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg in that in the entire VA health system there are no SOP’s across the board from facility to facility. Each is run as a small fiefdom paying homage to each incompetent politically appointed Director. Spokane’s is no different. The VA medical system is NOT a Medical System, its a VA system.


Veterans have been taking it up the butt, something that a lot of my friends have been saying for a long time now.


Dave

Obama on VA health changes: Never Mind

The Obama Administration is dropping a proposal that would have allowed the Veterans Affairs Department to bill a vets’ insurance company for treating service-connected disabilities and injuries.

That’s the word from Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who is one of the top members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and a critic of the proposal.

Murray is making is portraying this change as the president listening to, and keeping faith with, veterans. 

Perhaps the president or his advisers could have saved themselves some grief by listening to veterans before trying to float the idea.

Text of Murray statement is inside the blog.