Articles Tagged with Veterans Affairs scandal

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.

 Massachusetts whistleblower case

VA physician Dr. Sarah Kemble,  Chief of Medicine for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the central and western Massachusetts region revealed on her deathbed that the medical care for veterans at the Northampton Medical Center is substandard, especially regarding psychiatric care. Dr. Kemble wrote a 23-page affidavit revealing the inside information give days before she died of cancer in December. The VA’s Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection has is now investigating.

The Northampton Medical Center advertises itself as a 24-7 urgent care hospital but, according to the affidavit, this is not true and in addition, there are no lab service, radiology, clinical pharmacist or appropriate psychiatric service available during nights or weekends.