AND NOW, HERE IS TODAY’S OUTRAGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: Officials at VA’s Phoenix hospital manipulated wait-time data to make it appear they were connecting doctors and veterans seeking appointments much faster than they actually were. This was done so VA managers at the Arizona facility could keep getting generous performance bonuses. They got their bonuses but dozens of waiting veterans died.
How does VA respond? They transferred Deborah Amdur from her post managing VA’s White River Junction hospital in Vermont to Phoenix amid much hoopla about her being a turnaround artist.Well, guess what VA officials soon learned from their department’s Inspector General?
“The same week Amdur took over the Phoenix hospital, her superiors saw papers confirming the Vermont hospital had the same issues with wait-time falsification — with equally deadly results — as Phoenix,” reports Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group.
You might think that would be enough for VA officials to cancel Amdur’s transfer. You would be wrong: “VA officials are typically aware of the general thrust of IG investigations and are given draft reports prior to their release to the media and the public. A VA spokesman refused to tell The Daily Caller News Foundation when agency leaders received a draft copy or why Amdur’s transfer wasn’t cancelled because of the findings,” Rosiak reported.