The existence of hospitals and clinics that care for veterans is a vital part of the health care system in the United States. Most believe and hope that veterans will receive the utmost in skill and care after sacrificing for their country. However, it has become increasingly obvious there are significant deficits that should be addressed within the VA system. Issues with VA medical centers and other related entities have resulted in expensive medical malpractice lawsuits in New Mexico and elsewhere throughout the country.

First, it must be said that there are many high-qualified and excellent providers issuing care to veterans within the federal system. However, according to a recent article, there are dysfunctional military personnel rules that allow poorly performing medical employees to remain in patient care and on the payroll. This has contributed to $8.48 million in settlements, many of which were medical malpractice settlements.

The article states that due to the bureaucratic “red tape,” poorly performing and/or negligent physicians and medical employees employed by VA’s throughout the country are unable to be terminated easily. This has allowed the system to continue employing sex offenders and other felonious individuals on its payroll. Because of this, many patients may have been subjected to substandard care under the current system.

Patients in the VA system deserve quality medical care when they are injured or ill. Veterans in New Mexico who feel they have been provided inadequate care may choose to seek the advice of an attorney who is experienced in medical malpractice. Attorneys in this field of law will be in the best position to discuss legal options available.

Source: sandiegouniontribune.com, “Fixing veterans affairs requires accountability“, Jeff Miller and Kevin McCarthy, Sept. 21, 2016