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September 30, 2009

VA Seeks to Prevent Release of Bad News

This is very disturbing, doesn’t the public have a right to know, a protected right to know?

Full Report at: Report on VA flaws here leads to disclosure ban

By WALTER F. ROCHE JR.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“Facing congressional scrutiny over a report of poor care given to veterans at a Veterans Administration nursing home in Philadelphia, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has slammed the door on the release of similar reports nationwide.

In a directive dated Friday, VA officials in Washington, D.C., informed local agency officials that inspection reports like the one on the VA nursing home on Civic Center Boulevard are not to be released to the public.

The directive came less than a week after the Tribune-Review disclosed details of a 2008 report on the nursing home that concluded the VA “failed to provide a safe and sanitary environment for their residents.”

Such reports from the Long Term Care Institute – which the VA hired to inspect its facilities – are considered “protected” documents under the provisions of a federal law designed to promote improved quality, the directive states.”

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