17 Jul '17, 11am

VA medical center leaders removed after reports of unsafe conditions

WASHINGTON — Top leaders at a New Hampshire Veterans Affairs Medical Center were swiftly removed from their posts Sunday after a scathing article portrayed the facility as unsanitary and disorganized, despite internal ratings labeling it as one of the agency’s best facilities. On Saturday, the Boston Globe chronicled multiple problems at the VA-labeled four-star facility, including flies in surgical rooms, poorly-maintained medical equipment and an administration that ignores the best interests of patients. The newspaper quoted the center’s chief of medicine — one of at least 11 whistleblowers filing complaints about conditions there — as saying he had “never seen a hospital run this poorly — every day it gets worse and worse.” In a statement Sunday, Shulkin called the allegations “serious” and said he was removing the director (Danielle Ocker) and chief of staff (James Sc...

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