Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System Scandal

Contributor: Alyssa Meisner
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Updated: 6/03/2014 12:03 am
Amid a rising scandal in the Veteran Affairs System, Gulf Coast residents can rest easy. Allegations of wrong-doing at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System have been found to be untrue.

The Veteran Affairs Office of Inspector General came to Biloxi and spoke about the release of a report from the O.I.G. late last week stating four out of five allegations against the Veteran Affairs System were untrue.
One accusation of insufficient doctors in the extended care unit was found to be true. A doctor had retired earlier in 2014, and the Gulf Coast System was in the process of hiring. Because the doctors in this unit specialize in elderly patients, the hiring process is more involved.

After the review, the system decided to hire three more doctors by the end of the summer of 2014. The Chief of Staff at the Health Care System, Kenneth Simon, says continuous monitoring as kept their system on track. Simon says, “We look at and evaluate the care across all services in our organization on an ongoing basis. And certainly, any clinical activities which fall out of the mainstream, we look at very carefully; we evaluate both internally and externally, and take the appropriate steps when necessary.”

After the O.I.G. review, the four other allegations were dropped.
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