Yet another VA disaster has occurred at a hospital. This time the travesty is taking its toll in Tomah, Wisconsin according to CNN’s Jake Tapper. It appears more than 600 veterans may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis, and a number of other diseases by a VA dentist.
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“It was purposeful that he was violating VA regulations,” said Victoria Brahm, acting medical director at the Tomah V.A Center in a press briefing.
“During all of the orientation, he used our equipment. He used it appropriately, so it was very purposeful from what we found in our investigation that he knew exactly what he was doing, and preferred to use his own equipment against procedure.”
“We have clear evidence that we are moving forward and the people that remain here are very vested and here for the mission of taking care of veterans,” she said. “There are pockets of improvement that need to occur they still need to I’ll be honest, and we are aware of where they are and we are dealing with them as quickly as we can.”
Dealing with them in a seemingly slow fashion. The irresponsible dentist is still on the payroll and on the clock. Although now simply in an administrative position while awaiting a hearing to determine his future with the V.A.
Speaker Paul Ryan spoke out about the incident showing that occasionally even he can get something right.
“This news is not just heartbreaking; it’s outrageous,” Ryan said in a statement. “How can our veterans be treated so carelessly and where is the accountability?”
“The individual in question has not even been fired – a truly stunning show of bureaucratic impunity. This demonstrates once and for all that the VA needs a complete overhaul so that our veterans finally get the care – and the respect – they deserve.”
Watch Jake Tapper’s full report below.