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November 3, 2009

Illinois Lawmakers Call for suspensions after VAOIG Report of Marion-VA Medical Center

Full Article at: Lawmakers want VA suspensions

BY BECKY MALKOVICH, THE SOUTHERN | Posted: Tuesday, November 3, 2009

MARION – Illinois lawmakers called for the immediate suspension of those “in the direct line of command” of VA Medical Center in Marion after a report critical of the facility was released Monday.

The report released by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of the Inspector General indicates ongoing issues with patient safety and quality care management at the hospital where the 2007 deaths of nine veterans were allegedly the result of surgical malfeasance resulting from poor leadership and communication.

“The Inspector General’s report indicates that patient safety and quality care management at the Marion VAMC once again has fallen short of VA standards and guidelines. Simply put, we find this situation appalling,” U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Roland Burris and U.S. Reps. John Shimkus and Jerry Costello said in a letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

“We would like to meet with you as soon as possible to discuss how to dramatically change course and return the quality of care at Marion to the highest standards. In the meantime, it is clear that those in the direct line of command in VISN (Veterans Integrated Service Network) and at the Marion facility have again violated the public’s trust and should be relieved of their duties until serious questions over management can be answered.”

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