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Rep. DeFazio: Office of Medical Inspector team will visit Roseburg, Eugene VA clinics

Investigators from the Veterans Health Administration Office of Medical Inspector will be in Oregon next week to talk with employees in Roseburg and Eugene, according to Rep. Peter DeFazio's office. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - Investigators from the Veterans Health Administration Office of Medical Inspector will be in Oregon next week to talk with employees in Roseburg and Eugene, according to Rep. Peter DeFazio's office.

Shanon Goodwin with the VA in Roseburg said Friday he was unaware of the impending visit. Goodwin said the VA will fully cooperate with the team.

Goodwin was in Eugene for an open house on the VA's Quest for Excellence Transformational Plan of Care initiative.

Another presentation on the program is scheduled for Tuesday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Roseburg Library Conference Room of Building 17.

Goodwin said the VA is making progress on issues of concern to both veterans and lawmakers like DeFazio.

"We are trying our best to take care of both our employees and veterans," said Goodwin. "I am proud of our health care system, I think we do a great job."

Earlier this month, DeFazio gave a floor speech in the House blasting "the continuing leadership failures within the Veterans Administration and specifically called on officials to change the management system at the VA Roseburg Health Care System," according to his office.

DeFazio has received dozens of complaints from concerned constituents, many of whom are experienced medical professionals, about the lack of effective and accountable management at the VA Roseburg Health Care System (VARHS), his office said in a statement.

“For years I have received numerous complaints about the substandard management throughout the VARHS, and yet nothing has changed despite repeated outreach to every level of leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs, including a direct appeal to the Secretary last week,” DeFazio said October 12. “Poor management has resulted in degraded patient care and difficulty in recruiting and retaining talented medical professionals to help Oregon’s veterans. It’s outrageous that in addition to delays and government bureaucracy veteran care is being hampered by management issues. Doctors, nurses, and other VA employees are putting their careers on the line to improve the system, risking potential retaliation from the same inadequate leadership. The status quo is entirely unacceptable, and it is time for the VA to stop passing the buck and take immediate action. Our veterans deserve better.”

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