Tuesday, August 18, 2009

WARNING For Those Looking Forward to a Public Healthcare Option

This past June readers were briefed on hygiene problems connected with this nation's VA hospitals nationwide:

Although crucial links in M.E.'s original posting have been removed by political powers (Obama's chief of staff?), there is updated news:

There had been revelations that VA hospitals in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee possibly exposed 10,320 veterans to hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV by not properly cleaning equipment. As of today, 13 of those veterans have tested positive for hepatitis B, 34 for hepatitis C and six for HIV, according to the VA. An internal investigation released yesterday found that fewer than half of VA medical facilities randomly inspectioned had properly sterilized medical equipment used to perform colonoscopies, despite orders to comply with safety guidelines.

"There is no question that shoddy standards -- systemic across the VA -- put veterans at risk and dealt a blow to their trust in the VA," Rep. Harry E. Mitchell (D-Ariz.) said at the hearing [link disappeared]. "And I’ll say it again, whether or not any veterans contracted illnesses from these procedures, it is outrageous that they even have to worry about that possibility."
But, here is a victim's video, and another link to another Democrat.
Now, we get even more discouragement for government-run national healthcare:

The Associated Press, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 - 6 more cases of botched cancer treatment at Pa. VA [fatalities]

The errors happened in a common surgical procedure to treat prostate cancer. That brings the total to 98 veterans who were given incorrect radiation doses over a six-year period at the hospital. The program had treated 114 cancer patients before it was halted when the problem surfaced in 2008.

YOU will not be able to say you were not forewarned.



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