WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector Generalreleased a report which found that the leadership within the VA put patients of the Washington, DC VA Medical Center at risk:
“The report released today by the VA Inspector General raises serious and alarming concerns about the Washington, DC VA Medical Center. The severe lack of supplies and equipment inventories, coupled with vacancies in multiple leadership positions, represents a complete failure of leadership. Furthermore, the fact that committed health care professionals at the Medical Center are often required to go above and beyond to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients is inexcusable.
“While the acting Medical Center Director has promised to address the recommendations offered in the Inspector General’s report, we must hold both the Medical Center and the Veterans Health Administration accountable for implementing the recommendations in a timely manner. The persistent problems identified in today’s report are unacceptable and our veterans deserve better.
“Additionally, recent reports indicate that far-right outside groups and individuals within the Trump Administration are seeking to privatize the VA. Our veterans deserve a strong VA that provides them with the services and benefits they have earned. I hope the Administration will move to quickly distance themselves from this effort and I remain opposed to any effort to privatize the VA.”
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