VA conceals shoddy care and health workers’ mistakes

A months-long USA TODAY investigation found the Department of Veterans Affairs has for years concealed medical mistakes and misdeeds by staff members entrusted with the care of veterans.  Reporters obtained rare copies of signed secret settlement deals with doctors, nurses and others that included promises to hide serious mistakes — from breakdowns in supervision to…

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Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals

Government data obtained by the Associated Press shows a sharp increase since 2009 in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by employees of medical centers run by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.  Many VA hospitals have also failed to fully track their drug supplies.  It is not clear if the problem is worse at…

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