According to a new report, a medical professional contended ‘scrubbing’–that is, convincing patients to postpone their medical appointments–was taking place in a VA hospital where he was once employed.
“When it comes time for their appointment, one of their colleagues will say you don’t need to see anyone because you just saw someone six months ago. So they get bumped another six months,” former nurse practitioner John P. Beavers told The Daily Caller in an article published Tuesday. Beavers is a former nurse practitioner at Michigan’s Battle Creek VA Medical Center.
“The person who answers the phone might not even be the person’s physician, but they’ll pull up the person’s record and tell them they don’t need the appointment,” Beavers added.
Scrubbing is the common term that the nurses called it, that the primary care team uses. They all know what that term is, and they still use it and they still continue to do it even after the whole Phoenix thing.
The VA scandal emerged last year, centered in Phoenix, Ariz., and other facilities across the country. Dozens of veterans died as a result of the delay of care. Roughly 1,700 more were in danger of being “lost or forgotten” in the VA’s bureaucracy, according to VA Inspector General Richard Griffin. Veterans had to wait on average 115 days for care, according to reports.
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While Beavers asserted the practice could be taking place at other VA facilities across the nation, the Battle Creek VA denies this ‘scrubbing’ practice has ever taken place at their facility.
“I have no information, I guess, in support of whatever claims you received,” Battle Creek VA Medical Center spokesman Damian McGee told The Daily Caller. “I’m pretty sure it was the [Office of the Inspector General] who inspected everyone. It was across the VA.”