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Report : No fault with former leadership at Manchester VA

November 23, 2018

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A government report looking into whistleblowers’ complaints about the Manchester VA Medical Center finds no fault with former leadership.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports the VA’s Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection didn’t agree with allegations the former medical center director and chief of staff weren’t focused enough on patient care.

Michael Mayo-Smith, former VA New England Network director, obtained the report through the Freedom of Information Act. He resigned in March after continued critique of the quality of care in hospitals under his jurisdiction.

Mayo-Smith said public discussion has been “one-sided” regarding the allegations.

The findings followed 2017 reports from The Boston Globe that physicians alleged the Manchester facility was endangering patients.

Whistleblower and doctor Ed Kois said investigators didn’t pick up on how bad morale was at the VA before top leaders were removed.

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Information from: WEVO-FM, http://www.nhpr.org/

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