MANCHESTER, NH – Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin, M.D., will visit the Manchester VA Medical Center Aug. 4, to meet with whistleblowers, facility leadership, stakeholders and New Hampshire elected officials.
After the Boston Globe published a series of allegations regarding the Manchester VAMC in July, Secretary Shulkin sent teams to Manchester led by two senior Veterans Health Administration leaders and the head of VA’s Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection to conduct a new, top-to-bottom review of each of the allegations and to ensure the quality of care received by Veterans at the Manchester VAMC.
VA’s Acting Undersecretary for Health is personally supervising the review, and VA is also identifying a third-party panel of medical experts to be named shortly who will review the final report and provide input to the VA. While at the facility, Shulkin will join New Hampshire elected officials for a briefing regarding any preliminary findings of VA’s review.
Pending the results of the review, VA has removed Manchester VAMC’s director and chief of staff, placing the facility under the leadership of Acting Director Al Montoya. Additionally, Shulkin has asked VA’s Inspector General to investigate the allegations to ensure a separate, wholly independent review.
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