Government Health Care

The VA does a lot of things wrong, or so it seems. New lawsuit calls out Clarksburg V-A for lax care in vet’s death.

First, what happened.

Reta Mays, a former nursing assistant who worked the night shift, pleaded guilty this month to killing seven veterans and attempting to kill an eighth.

Her plea agreement acknowledged that she had used her time alone with veterans like Edgell to inject fatal doses of insulin, causing their blood sugar to plummet to levels where they could not be revived.

So there is a lawsuit over one of the deaths; it is claiming the VA is responsible because they couldn’t be bothered to even figure out what was going on…

“They listed this man’s death as dementia. That had absolutely noting to do with his death. It just shows they didn’t care one bit. They didn’t look into this,” he said,

Colombo — along with Edgell’s family — believes there is a clear pattern by the hospital of not paying attention and failing to protect the patients, several of whom were known to have been murdered in the hospital and others whose deaths are still classified as “suspicious” but may never be proven to be the result of murder.

That is something that most people don’t realize. That doctors can write anything that they want under “cause of death” on a death certificate.

I have to say, that if you are surprised that government-provided health care could be described as “they didn’t care one bit,” then I think you haven’t been paying attention.

So can you sue the government, or does this come under the heading of limited immunity? I guess we will see.

While the Military May Be Dealing with Women, the VA is Stuck in 1946

Prosthetic appliances designed for men. VA facilities that don’t have women’s restrooms. In other words, governmental incompetence. On a national scale. One female veteran’s epic quest for a ‘foot that fits’ – The Washington Post

Mostly the story of a woman vet who lost a leg and needed a prosthetic one. The one they gave her was for man. It didn’t fit. It fell off repeatedly in public.

Last year, a VA specialist cut off the toes on Reed’s prosthesis and shaved off the sides in an effort to make it fit into her shoes. Reed said that not only didn’t it fit, but she also found that she couldn’t walk on it. She was given another prosthesis and told to make do.

She didn’t. She “nearly went ballistic” and took her case to the VA secretary’s office, calling and e-mailing McDonald repeatedly.

Finally, this summer, the VA hospital in Tampa notified Reed that the agency had located a foot that it could customize for her. Of an estimated 2,100 female veterans with amputated limbs, now at least one has a VA-issued prosthesis tailored for a woman.

Reed remains unsatisfied, resentful that she had to go to “absurd lengths to get what male veterans receive within days.”

It gets worse.

Army National Guard Spec. Crystal Sandor almost died in a nighttime roadside bomb blast when she was driving an armored 5-ton truck with a gun box in the back northeast of Baghdad.

She was 19 at the time and was awarded the Purple Heart.

But when she returned home to Ohio and told her doctor at the VA hospital about her injuries, Sandor recalled, “he stopped me and stated that he didn’t understand how I was injured by an IED since ‘women didn’t leave the base and weren’t involved in combat roles.’ I was amazed by his ignorance. This was a VA doctor!”

We owe our veterans much more than this.