Draft report finds complaints about NH VA were ‘unfounded’
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — An internal Veterans Affairs draft report finds that nearly all of the complaints lodged by whistleblowers about the Manchester VA were unfounded.
New Hampshire Public Radio reports that the VA’s Office of Medical Inspector’s draft report didn’t substantiate allegations published in the Boston Globe last year.
Whistleblowers complained about a fly-infested operating room, surgical instruments that weren’t always sterilized and patients with a spine condition who weren’t treated properly.
Several top officials have been removed. A federal agency concluded in January the Manchester facility failed to take whistleblowers’ complaints seriously.
The draft report found issues with a private company running the Veterans Choice Program.
Whistleblower and doctor Ed Kois said the VA can’t fairly investigate itself, and said VA should have better treated veterans with the spine condition cervical myelopathy.