Last week, the staff members from a Florida VA hospital left a veteran’s lifeless body unattended for approximately nine hours in the shower area. Next, the hospital was accused of trying to cover up the incident. While the hospital staff members acknowledged the body’s increased risk of decomposition, the health official at the hospice unit of the Bay Pines VA Health Care System did not take any drastic action at the time.
Moreover, the unit’s upper management did not release details on the pending investigation into the matter. However, according to an official statement, disciplinary action has been taken in light of the recent events. The health officials say that two people have been terminated as a result of the internal investigation into the incident which occurred earlier this year, on February 1st, 2016.
In order to show that the matter has been taken seriously, Bay Pines released more details of the investigation. According to Jason Dangel, the hospital spokesman, Bay Pines took the blame for the incident, and, in order to atone, ensured to inform the public, as well as the stakeholders, that appropriate action has been taken. Hence, the staff members responsible for the incident had been held accountable for their actions, and some have even been fired from the unit.
New information reveals that the staff members were taken off patient care while competent authorities were looking into the incident. At the end of the investigation, two people were fired while others were admonished, suspended, or reprimanded.
“I can assure you our leaders did not merely issue a few wrist slaps”, said Jason Dangel.
Earlier this year, Republicans focused on passing a legislation aimed at VA employees. The law was supposed to make it easier for the incompetent staff members to be fired from their jobs. However, the Senate did not approve, even though the legislation passed in the House.
Nevertheless, Republicans keep fighting for the new set of rules to pass. The vice chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and Palm Harbor Republican, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis said that the legislation is that that much more important as VA employees have been found to violate the rules and still be able to keep their jobs more often than not.
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