Arlington, Va. – Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) released the following statement today regarding the troubling reports surrounding the Cincinnati VA: “The problems brought to light by whistleblowers at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center represent everything that is wrong with the current management and culture of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Denial of care, lack of accountability and incompetent and unethical leaders are plaguing the department, and veterans are the ones paying the price. We hope Secretary McDonald will do everything possible to improve the delivery of health care to Cincinnati’s veterans, as well as hold Jack Hetrick and Barbara Temeck accountable for their inexcusable lack of integrity.” The Cincinnati VA has been the subject of reports which allege that VA administrators Jack Hetrick and Barbara Temeck were engaged in misconduct and responsible for numerous problems at the facility. Specifically, nearly three dozen VA employees have come forward stating that medical care, especially spinal and prosthetic services, had been cut; staffing of emergency personnel had been reduced; and presence of dirty surgical equipment in operating rooms had been brushed aside by Temeck as personnel being “too picky.” Temeck and Hetrick are also being investigated for Temeck’s illegal prescription of medications to Hetrick’s wife, in violation of federal law, and Temeck is being criticized for receiving pay as both a surgeon and VA administrator, netting hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary for work she allegedly does not regularly perform.
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