DeFazio Testifies Before House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Mismanagement at Roseburg VA
Today, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) testified before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs calling for reform and stronger oversight of veterans’ health care facilities following pervasive mismanagement and patient care problems at VA Roseburg Healthcare System (VARHS). DeFazio targeted the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) regional health system managers at Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN).
In his testimony, Rep. DeFazio said, “If VISNs cannot function at a high level and competently fulfill their duty to perform meaningful oversight, I recommend the abolishment of the VISN structure and the establishment of a stronger oversight authority. Our veterans deserve better.”
VARHS facilities suffered from years of substandard patient care and poor management. Despite repeated requests by Rep. DeFazio to VISN for oversight, it took a direct appeal from Rep. DeFazio to former VA Secretary Shulkin to initiate a Department of Veterans Affairs investigation into the allegations and for improvements to be made.
The VA’s Office of the Medical Inspector (OMI) and Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP) found evidence of serious problems with employee management and intimidation, medical care, and inadequate resources. As a result, the VA made a number of recommendations in order to address these problems and make overall improvements to VARHS, as well as VA Medical Centers around the country.
To view Rep. DeFazio’s testimony before the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, click here.