Meanwhile, a doctor at the veterans hospital in Phoenix says she was harassed and humiliated after complaining about problems at the hospital, where dozens of veterans died while on waiting lists for appointments.Dr. Katherine Mitchell said the hospital’s emergency room was severely understaffed and couldn’t keep up with “the dangerous flood of patients” there. Dr. Mitchell, a former co-director of the Phoenix VA hospital’s ER, said in testimony prepared for the House committee that strokes, heart attacks, internal head bleeding and other serious medical problems were missed by staffers “overwhelmed by the glut of patients.”
Her complaints about staffing problems were ignored, Dr. Mitchell said, and she was transferred, suspended and reprimanded.
Jim Nabors is the White House official Obama sent to Phoenix to oversee a review of the VA health care system after allegations of delayed care led to patient deaths and a cover-up by top administrators.
If you’re like me, you were thinking, *cough*whitewash*cough*cover-up*cough*
Veterans Affairs employee and whistleblower Scott Davis discussed “harassment” he endured after revealing concerns about the embattled department to White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors Tuesday at a Veterans Affairs Committee hearing.
“The harassment I have experienced at the HEC from top levels of management include my whistleblower complaint to White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors was leaked to my manager Sherry Williams, who stated in writing, that she was contacting me on behalf of Acting Secretary [Sloan] Gibson and Mr. Rob Nabors,” he said. “Neither Mr. Gibson nor Mr. Nabors have responded to this fact.”
Davis said he contacted Nabors about four weeks ago with various problems, including mismanagement of health programs, scheduling issues and enrollment system shortcomings.
“As the point of contact for the White House, I wanted him to be aware of what was going on in our office,” Davis said. “After sending that information to Mr. Nabors, I did not receive a response. I subsequently contacted the office of Deputy Chief of Staff Anita Breckenridge. I also did not receive a response, until after receiving notification from Ms. Sherry Williams that she was contacting me on behalf of the acting secretary and Mr. Rob Nabors. This surprised me that Ms. Williams would do this because she is a former OIG representative.”
I think I’ve lost the ability to feel shocked and outraged anymore.
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing is ongoing, Tuesday night, here.