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Congressman Peter DeFazio

Representing the 4th District of OREGON

DeFazio Announces VA Investigators Return to Roseburg, Eugene VA Facilities

Nov 9, 2017
Press Release
Investigators to Continue Interviews with Staff about Personnel Issues, Medical Care, Patient Safety

Rep. Peter DeFazio today announced that investigators from the VA Office of the Medical Inspector will be returning to the Roseburg and Eugene VA facilities next week.

The investigators will be interviewing dozens of VA staff regarding a number of issues, including mismanagement of personnel, alleged threats to patient safety, and the standard of medical care at both facilities. The investigators previously visited the Roseburg and Eugene facilities in October.

Staff will be interviewed by the investigators confidentially. The list of staff who request to be interviewed by the VA will not be shared with the management at the Roseburg VA, and interviews will be conducted in a private setting removed from hospital management. Employees who are also union members are encouraged to invite their union representatives to attend the interviews as well.

For those who are still concerned about potential retaliation in response to speaking with the investigators, Rep. DeFazio’s office can facilitate confidential conversations. 

Rep. DeFazio pushed for the investigation into poor practices at the VA after numerous constituents came forward with allegations of mismanagement and retaliation against employees, as well as patient safety issues.  

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