VA Hired Doctors Who Had Felony Convictions Or Multiple Malpractice Claims On Their Records [VIDEO]

VA Hired Doctors Who Had Felony Convictions Or Multiple Malpractice Claims On Their Records [VIDEO]

VA Hired Doctors Who Had Felony Convictions Or Multiple Malpractice Claims On Their Records [VIDEO]

Bernie Sanders firmly believes that socialized medicine is absolutely the Way. To. Go. So, what do you think he’d say about these new reports concerning the government-run healthcare system called the VA?

Neurosurgeon John Henry Schneider racked up more than a dozen malpractice claims and settlements in two states, including cases alleging he made surgical mistakes that left patients maimed, paralyzed or dead.

He was accused of costing one patient bladder and bowel control after placing spinal screws incorrectly, he allegedly left another paralyzed from the waist down after placing a device improperly in his spinal canal. The state of Wyoming revoked his medical license after another surgical patient died.

Schneider then applied for a job earlier this year at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. He was forthright in his application about the license revocation and other malpractice troubles.

But the VA hired him anyway. [Emphasis Added]

Yes folks, that’s right. Seems that many VA administrators across the U.S. are willing to ignore years of medical malpractice claims, licenses revoked, multiple felony convictions, and FEDERAL law by hiring those ‘doctors’!!

Yes indeed, Schneider wasn’t the only one.

  • Daniel K. Kim, an ophthalmologist was hired by VA even though he was under sanctions in Georgia. He blinded a WW II veteran in 2006
  • David Houlihan, a psychiatrist was nicknamed the “candy man” at the WI VA because he handed out narcotics scrips right and left leading to at least one death. He was hired in spite of charges against him from Iowa Board of Medicine
  • The VA in Oklahoma hired a psychiatrist under sanctions for sexual misconduct. Then had to fire the doc for sleeping with a VA patient.
  • A VA clinic in Lafayette, LA hired a doc even though he disclosed felony convictions on his application. Those convictions included burglary, drug dealing and killing someone while driving recklessly. Yet VA did NOT run a criminal background check on him for over a year. Finally had to fire him this year because he was “direct threat to others, (and) to the Department’s mission.”

Folks, at the risk of elevating your blood pressure to dangerous levels, those are just the ones we KNOW about. Are there more? Unfortunately there probably are.

Yes, and the blame needs to land squarely on the heads of the VA and the administrators who hire those doctors! Otherwise we will see more and more court decisions like this one.

Is anyone from the VA administration even remotely interested in fixing the multiple layers of problems it faces? Sure doesn’t seem like it when news like this becomes public.

Ironic indeed. Does news like this engender trust by our VETERANS in terms of the care they SHOULD be receiving? NO. ABSOLUTELY NOT. Instead, the VA has a long history of sweeping bad decisions and horrifically lethal medical care under the rug. In fact, last week we find out that the VA willfully FAILED to report 90% of the doctors who pose a danger to their patients and staff! Case in point, Thomas Franchini at the VA hospital in Togus Maine:

“We found that he was a dangerous surgeon,” former hospital surgery chief Robert Sampson said during a deposition in an ongoing federal lawsuit against the VA.

Agency officials didn’t fire Franchini or report him to a national database that tracks problem doctors.

They let him quietly resign and move on to private practice, then failed for years to disclose his past to his patients and state regulators who licensed him. [Emphasis Added]

In other words, the VA administration covered their tracks and a doctor who was deemed “dangerous” to patients medical survival didn’t even get a slap on the wrist and is still practicing today!

Right now, what the VA is defining is ‘dangerously incompetent healthcare in the 21st century.’

The VA and the administrators who’ve hired and let these dangerous medical practitioners anywhere near our veterans have a LOT of explaining to do. And once that’s done, its time, well past time for them to be FIRED.

Exit question: What does socialized medicine fan Bernie Sanders have to say about all of this? *Crickets as usual.

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6 Comments
  • David R Byler says:

    single payer healthcare at it’s best

  • Jeff Smith says:

    My wife and I have gone to the VA outpatient clinic in Cedar Park TX this past year. So far we think they’re taking good care of us. My civilian doctors have not spent near the time with me. (in and out)

    • Nina says:

      That’s terrific!

      There are definitely some great doctors and nurses in the VA. Its situations like this, brought on by the VA administrators, that cause problems for those who don’t have problematic credentials.

  • Chris in N.Va says:

    The movie “Thank You For Your Service” offers other oh-too-true-and-sad glimpse into the usual workings of the VA (acknowledging there are indeed some roses growing in the manure pile). A brutal look into what the Left is only too happy to foist upon the rest of us (exempting themselves, as always).

    My wife and I, both vets coming from families with vet fathers, found that movie resonated deeply.

    Looks like some the you-know-what is floating back to the top of the proverbial punch bowl at the VA. Pump out the septic tank for good!

  • twolaneflash says:

    While in medical school at Emory in Atlanta we trained on public patients at the VA next door to campus and at Grady Hospital. A resident who was “teaching” me said that these patients were “practice balls”: “You hook one, slice one…just tee up another.”. My tongue still has the scar. Viet Nam had recently ended and he had no idea I was a returning veteran who had spent a month in Walter Reed, and who saw these men so very differently.

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