At a four-star veterans’ hospital: Care gets ‘worse and worse’


This is what the US Department of Veterans Affairs says a four-star hospital looks like:
One operating room has been abandoned since last October because exterminators couldn’t get rid of the flies. Doctors had to cancel surgeries in another OR last month after they discovered what appeared to be rust or blood on two sets of surgical instruments that were supposedly sterile.

​Thousands of patients, including some with life-threatening conditions, struggle to get any care at all because the program for setting up appointments with outside specialists has broken down. One man still hadn’t gotten an appointment to see an oncologist this spring, more than four weeks after a diagnosis of lung cancer, according to a hospital document obtained by the Globe.    Care gets ‘worse and worse’

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Democrats and service organizations worry that a Republican push to expand health-care choices for veterans will sap money from the ailing federal system.

Then-Capt. Gregory Thornton was flying his Warthog supporting Advance 33, a ground forward air controller who was attached to Task Force 2nd and the 69th Armor Battalion near Baghdad on April 6, 2003.

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