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Statement from Rep. Peter DeFazio on Preliminary Results of VA Investigation into VA Roseburg Healthcare System

Jan 11, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTONRep. Peter DeFazio today released the following statement after meeting with senior officials from the VA on recent investigations into claims of misconduct, mismanagement, and degraded patient care at the VA Roseburg Healthcare System:

“This past fall, after receiving more than 200 messages from VA Roseburg Healthcare System (VARHS) employees documenting alarming claims of misconduct, mismanagement and degraded patient care at both the Eugene and Roseburg facilities, I demanded the VA initiate an investigation. As a result, the VA sent a team comprised of officials from the Office of the Medical Inspector (OMI) and the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP) to investigate these issues.

“Today I met with senior VA leadership to receive a preliminary report on their investigations. During the briefing, the VA outlined a number of personnel and statutory changes that have been or will be implemented within the hospital system. While investigations are ongoing on a number of fronts, I pushed the team to provide the final public results and implement reform within weeks, not months.

“Secretary Shulkin is directly engaged in the ongoing investigations and has committed to working closely with my office to address the numerous problems identified by the investigative team. Our shared goal is lasting, long-term, sustainable change at the VARHS—which I maintain should include new leadership.

“The VARHS has suffered for years from mismanagement resulting in an inability to recruit and retain high-quality providers, which has seriously hindered patient care. This not the first crisis of management and patient care at VARHS, and previous short-term fixes have only compounded the problem. Oregon’s veterans and VARHS employees deserve lasting, meaningful change.”