Manchester VA Medical Center to host town hall following poor care allegations
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MANCHESTER — The Manchester Veterans Affairs Medical Center is holding a veteran town hall and listening session following allegations of poor conditions and patient care.
The session will be held at Manchester Community College on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to hear concerns from veterans and interested stakeholders and to provide an update on progress at the medical center.
The Veterans Affairs Office announced a review of the Manchester VAMC July 16 after Boston Globe's Spotlight Team published an article that made claims of patients and doctors who described the alleged issues within the hospital, including an operating room abandoned because of flies and patients struggling to get any care.
The department removed the director and chief of staff at the facility, pending the outcome of the review, and named Alfred Montoya, the director of the VAMC in White River Junction, Vermont, as acting director.
Under Montoya’s leadership, Manchester VAMC began working with Catholic Medical Center to identify opportunities to expand local health care access, secured resources to support ongoing operations required as a result of a severe flood experienced at the medical center, and began providing transparent and ongoing communications to all Veterans, stakeholders and staff related to medical center activities, the Manchester VAMC said.
“These are serious allegations, and we want our veterans and our staff to have confidence in the care we’re providing. I have been clear about the importance of transparency, accountability and rapidly fixing any and all problems brought to our attention, and we will do so immediately with these allegations," said David J. Shulkin, M.D., U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs.