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IMG_0307-300x200According to the Department of Justice, Patricia Waible, of Nashua, NH, plead guilty to two counts of making false statements during the investigation of a patient’s death. The defendant allegedly claimed that she had conducted the required hourly bed checks on the patient the night of his death, but investigators later found that this was not the case.

On July 3rd, 2016, Waible was working as a nursing assistant at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bedford. Her shift was scheduled from midnight to 8 am in the nursing home unit. During that shift, Waible was responsible for performing hourly bed checks to ensure that patients were breathing. One of these patients was known to suffer from multiple health complications and was found unresponsive early that morning.

The patient was transferred to the facility’s emergency room, where he was soon pronounced dead. An investigation followed, where Waible stated on multiple occasions that she had performed the required hourly bed checks on the patients when she had not.

The top official for veterans health care has resigned amid a firestorm over long appointment waits, treatment delays and falsified records at VA hospitals.

Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki says he has accepted the resignation of Robert Petzel, undersecretary for health care at the VA. It comes the day after both men were grilled by the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Whistleblowers say there were efforts to cover up the deaths of up to 40 veterans while they were awaiting appointments at the department’s giant medical center in Phoenix. Shinseki says most vets are satisfied with the quality of care they get, but more must be done to “improve timely access to that care.” Petzel announced in September he planned to retire in 2014. Continue reading