Sunday, June 15, 2014

VA doctors silenced by bureaucrats

The primary complaint of health care providers employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is retaliation by management - including “sham peer reviews” and even dismissal - for speaking up about serious deficiencies in the VA’s medical system, several VA doctors said during a two-day meeting in Washington on how to improve veterans’ health care.

Dr. Rafael Montecino, a surgeon with the VA in eastern Kansas, complained that “when you try to make things more efficient, the system is working against you. They say that you are creating a hostile environment.”

And “when you complain, or you say like ‘You know, this is not the right thing,’ then you become a target and they gang together to get you out of there,” Dr. Montecino added.

“You have to be willing to put your career on the line, frankly,” Benishek told them, recounting that he had been fired by the VA himself for voicing his concerns, but that he was eventually re-hired because of the scarcity of surgeons in his rural area.

The majority of the doctors who testified complained of “sham peer reviews” - a name given to the abuse of a medical peer review process to attack a doctor for personal or other non-medical reasons.



Anonymous said...

There is a simple solution. Sack one in every five blood sucking senior VA public servant as an example and pull all public service bonuses across the entire public service. These leeches should not be rewarded for doing their job but sacked when they don't.

Bird of Paradise said...

Sack all the buricrats give them all new jobs as sanatation workers if they can deal out the trash they certianly can clean it up