By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R) today commented on what she called the latest revelations of negligence, mismanagement and cover-up within the troubled Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS).
Congresswoman Roby said, “It is important for misconduct within the VA to be exposed. Only then can there be true accountability. I applaud those who have come forward with information to shed light on disturbing practices at the Central Alabama VA. There are many good, courageous people who truly respect our veterans and want to do the right thing.”
Rep. Roby wrote in the latest update on the investigation that major instances of misconduct have been publicly exposed in local news reports. These include: A report from ‘The Montgomery Advertiser that at least 900 unread patient X-RAY tests, some showing malignancies, were lost by the VA and top hospital administrators tried to cover up the problem; The VA pulmonologist who manipulated more than 1,200 patient records was caught doing it again, but still received a “satisfactory performance” review for his work, or lack of work. CAVHCS’ is reportedly so slow at paying its bills that other hospitals may be reluctant to help with increased demand; and the local VA director was alerted to concerns over patient scheduling discrepancies more than eight months before doing anything.
Rep. Roby has assigned members of her staff to digging into allegations of problems at CAVHCS for the last several weeks.
Rep. Roby wrote to constituents on Saturday, July 12, “I applaud those who have come forward with information to shed light on disturbing practices at CAVHCS. Exposing the misconduct is the best way to achieve true accountability. This isn’t over. If you have special knowledge about troubling practices at the VA, you can submit it confidentially online at www.roby.house.gov/VA .”
Congresswoman Roby said, “This isn’t over. Expect more to come to light moving forward.”
Congresswoman Roby represents Alabama’s Second Congressional District. She is seeking a third term in the United States Congress. She will face Democrat Eric Wright on the November 4 General Election ballot.