Tomah VA Investigation Continues


Thanks for joining us tonight, I’m Bob Gallaher. First on Fox…criminal charges could be filed in the coming weeks following allegations against the Tomah VA, saying doctors there over prescribed prescription drugs to patients. This afternoon at a press conference at the VA, Dr. Carolyn Clancy with the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs said outside criminal investigators have been brought in and charges will be filed as a result. Congressman Ron Kind was also at the VA today for a town hall meeting with veterans.  When asked about the status of a series of investigations, he says a lot of progress has been made. Clancy says a new 30- day plan will be put into place for how the facility can move forward. “It really focuses on issues related to staff moral; on building a culture where people feel comfortable raising their hands to say we’ve got problems or we’re doing our best to give veterans the best care but we need more resources.” Specify recommendations in the OIG report that were supposed to be implemented have been moved forward on already, but that doesn’t mean the job is done. “There is still a lot more gathering of information, a lot more facts on improvements that can be made and that is exactly the purpose of the investigation.” Dr. Clancy also talked about leadership changes at the facility in the coming months, saying the acting director of the Tomah VA is not a candidate for the permanent position and they have already put feelers out for a permanent director.

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