The Department of Veterans Affairs was established to support veterans who have been harmed in performing their duty to protect and serve the citizens of the United States. Since veterans have sacrificed in the name of the greater good, many believe that the VA owes the best treatment for disease and injuries to these individuals. Unfortunately, a recent news investigation showed that the VA may be lax in hiring physicians with a history of medical malpractice. For veterans in Rhode Island, this situation can become very problematic.
One neurosurgeon was hired by the VA, even after his medical license had been revoked for a series of botched spine surgeries. The board originally reviewed the man's history and approved him, but following yet another serious error, they found that the man had been illegally approved to work for the agency. That surgeon has since resigned.
Unfortunately, the ill-qualified physicians don't stop there. At least two psychologists, hired despite ethical or criminal histories, were found to be deficient in their performance. One eye doctor has also repeatedly made errors resulting in damages to patients.
The VA does a great disservice to veterans when it engages in lax hiring practices that potentially result in medical malpractice. Not only that, but the taxpayers foot the bill for these errors. Any veteran in Rhode Island who feels that he or she has been the victim of medical negligence at the hands of a military doctor may wish to consult with an experienced attorney for an evaluation of the case.
Source: arstechnica.com, "Accused of medical malpractice - a lot? The VA may be the place for you", Beth Mole, Dec. 5, 2017