WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Whistleblowers have brought to light some very serious problems at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson.
Three cases reported to the US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) by those whistleblowers involve “dirty and rust stained” instruments. The first dates back to 2009. “These unsterilized things were being sent to the clinic and operating rooms in violation of VA policy,” explained Carolyn Lerner, head of the OSC.
That same year, Lerner said another whistleblower told them that workers were being told to issue false statements that mischaracterized the findings of the 2009 case.
The OSC has closed their investigation of those three cases. “We have told Congress and the White House that we find the VA findings to be unreasonable. The ball is now in Congress’ court,” said Lerner.
But the OSC still has two other open investigations involving the hospital. “The ones that allege problems with the understaffing of the Primary Care Unit and the radiology problem.”
Lerner said the VA has until mid-May to respond to those allegations.