Stutzman: VA Problems Far From Solved (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose

August 8, 2013 Updated Aug 8, 2013 at 5:13 PM EST


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Improvements at Fort Wayne's VA Hospital are not coming fast enough for Congressman Marlin Stutzman.

Earlier this week, we interviewed the chief of staff at the VA about a scathing report issued by the administration's Inspector General, who said policy and procedural changes have been implemented.

But Stutzman is frustrated that issues with care seem to still be unresolved at the VA.

The congressman and Senator Joe Donnelly had asked the VA's Inspector General to investigate allegations of poor patient care and hospital mismanagement.

That report found gross errors in care, a lack of consistency in nurse competency evaluations and a high rate of turnover in upper and mid-management positions.

But even though the VA insisted earlier this week that changes have been implemented, Stutzman says his office had to intervene a few days ago to get the proper care for a critically ill constituent.

“It's very frustrating because they shouldn't have to contact our office. That's why we entrust those at the VA to take care of those families who are in particular situations that they are trying to work through. But, when they do contact our office, we're glad to help,” Stutzman says.

Stutzman wants the Inspector General to continue to monitor the VA's progress in improving its level of care.

He says it has a long way to go, and he's convinced that continuing oversight is necessary.




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