Report: Retaliation for complaints common at VA

FILE - In this May 24, 2013, file photo, an American flag flies in front of the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
FILE - In this May 24, 2013, file photo, an American flag flies in front of the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A report by a private government watchdog says medical professionals across the country have pointed out problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, only to suffer retaliation from supervisors and other high-ranking officials.

The report says a pharmacy supervisor in California was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from clinical work after complaining that on-call doctors were refusing to go to a VA hospital.

The report compiled by the independent Project on Government Oversight is based on comments and complaints filed by nearly 800 current and former VA employees and veterans. The group says it received allegations of wrongdoing from 35 states and the District of Columbia after setting up a special website in May.

 

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