Details Emerge About Conditions at Manchester VA Hospital
In a July 15, 2017 investigative report by the Spotlight team at the Boston Globe, details emerged about dysfunction and sub-standard care at the Manchester VA Medical Center. According to the Globe article, “Inside the unassuming red-brick walls of the Manchester medical center is ground zero for an extraordinary rebellion led by doctors who say they have almost no say in how the hospital is run, lack tools to do their jobs, and witness chronic shortcomings in patient care. They say the four top administrators, only one of them a doctor, seem more concerned with performance ratings than in properly treating the roughly 25,000 veterans who go to Manchester for outpatient care and day surgery each year.”
Removal of Manchester VA Hospital Administrators
Articles such as these remind us of the duty we owe to our veterans, those who have worn the uniform of the United States service branches and have defended our freedoms. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs was forced to retire in 2014 due to widespread allegations of sub-standard care. According to an article in CNN, left behind following the Secretary’s resignation was “the daunting task of repairing a broken health care system that has left thousands of veterans at risk as they wait for medical care.”
Fortunately some medical providers at the Manchester VA spoke up about conditions at the hospital and contacted members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation to express their concern. Three years after the CNN article that led to the Secretary of Veterans Affair’s resignation, the head administrators at New Hampshire’s veterans hospital have been removed in what is being described as a “shake-up” to improve conditions at the health care facility.
The Manchester VA injury attorneys at Manning & Zimmerman Law hope the publication of the Globe article will spur necessary changes to improve the medical care veterans receive at the Manchester VA hospital, but only time will tell. It is imperative that this broken system be repaired for the sake of those who have served in our nation’s military. Our veterans must receive the quality care they deserve and to which they are entitled.
Contact Manchester VA Injury Attorneys for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one have received sub-standard medical care at a veterans hospital, it is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation. You should make sure to hire an attorney who is familiar with the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) as these cases have different procedures and timing requirements than typical medical malpractice claims. Moreover, in FTCA cases attorneys’ fees are limited to 20% or 25% (depending on when the case resolves), so no attorney should be requesting a greater fee from you. At Manning & Zimmerman we have been handling FTCA claims for years, including claims against the VA system.
For a free consultation, contact the Manchester VA injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman at (603) 239-2489, complete a request for a consultation on our website, or send us an email.
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