REPORT: 1800 Vets Go To VA For Treatment… Walk Out With HORRIFYING Disease
The current state of America’s Department of Veterans Affairs is apparently much worse than previously thought. The agency has been plagued by corruption and incompetence, and it now seems to have sunk to a new low with regard to patient care.
Six years ago, CNN reported that a VA hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to HIV and other diseases when dental staff failed to clean their instruments properly. American Grit reported that the story is trending now among veterans because some of them are just now hearing about it.
The John Cochran VA Medical Center informed 1,812 patients by mail in 2010 that they could have contracted hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV after undergoing dental treatment at the facility.
“I can only imagine the horror and anger our veterans must be feeling after receiving this letter,” said Missouri Rep. Russ Carnahan at the time.
A chief of staff at the hospital told CNN that some dental technicians did not follow proper protocol when they hand-washed some instruments before returning them to cleaning machines.
There’s no getting around the fact that this was shameful, but the sad part is that it gets worse.
In 2012 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch followed up on the story and discovered that the hospital still needed to improve its sterilization procedures. Inspectors recommended three steps the hospital needed to take to improve. Two out of three of those recommendations had not been put in place.
“This is absolutely unacceptable,” said Carnahan. “No veteran who has served and risked their life for this great nation should have to worry about their personal safety when receiving much needed healthcare services from a Veterans Administration hospital.”
It’s hard to disagree with him, and it’s especially hard not to get angry at the level of incompetence exhibited by those running this facility.
Somebody needs to be held accountable for the slew of messes at the John Cochran VA Medical Center.
This is unconscionable that our Vets once again are exposed to diseases that have no real cures. I think Vets are treated worse than any other group in this country. While they get poor to bad care, illegals and refugees get better treatment than they do. This makes me utterly livid.