ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A Veteran was inside the Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria roughly 500 yards from the emergency room had collapsed. As he lay there waiting for an ambulance to arrive he past away. Here’s the kicker, he waited 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive while he died on hospital grounds.
VA officials stated it took the hospital 30 minutes to dispatch the ambulance to take the man from one building to the next, literally a 5 minute walk.
The spokesperson for the VA, Sonja Brown said that Air Force Medical Group personnel performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.
The death comes at the Department of Veterans Affairs remains under scrutiny for widespread reports of long delays for treatment and medical appointments and of veterans dying while on waiting lists.
A review last week cited “significant and chronic system failures” in the nation’s health system for veterans. The review also portrayed the struggling agency as one battling a corrosive culture of distrust, lacking in resources and ill-prepared to deal with an influx of new and older veterans with a range of medical and mental health care needs.
The scathing report by deputy White House chief of staff Rob Nabors said the Veterans Health Administration, the VA sub agency that provides health care to about 8.8 million veterans a year, has systematically ignored warnings about its deficiencies and must be fundamentally restructured.