St. Louis VA Hospital under investigation

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Long wait times for mental health treatment are sparking an investigation into the St. Louis VA Hospital.

The former chief of psychiatry at the hospital claims veterans often wait a month or more for treatment because of a lax work environment. Doctor Jose Mathews claims he was demoted because of a staff "mutiny" after he tried to make employees work harder and more efficiently.

Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt have sent a joint letter to Veterans Affairs about the issue. The hospital is investigating the complaints as well as the feds.

9 comments

  • Christine

    Ok I am not a pro supporter of our current administration, but this has been going on for longer then he has been president. The VA mental health and other departments not just mental health are lacking at the VA. Our mental health programs all over are lacking not just VA, but the VA is even further behind. We certainly need it to be looked at and looked at properly.

    • Steven Sweeney

      So much for “hope and change”. Obozo falsely promised to clean up VA in ’08 and ’09.He lied again.He still defends the man in charge DESPITE all these atrocities.The past doesn’t matter.Only the present.Don’t excuse any of this.

  • R. Jordan

    Veterans should have an options on where they wish to have medical service. If the VA is so overwhelmed with providing care for veterans why not allow veterans an opportunity to be seen quicker if they can’t!

  • "Opinionated"

    “The right wing agenda cares nothing about VETs, The poor, The middle class, or the future. Just the rich white minority?”

    How sad that there are those who have been brainwashed by the “liberal left” and continue to drink their Kool-Aid, basing their obtuse rhetoric on pure fallaciousness.
    Albert Einstein once said, “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”

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  • rose

    Many of these Mental Health doctors need to be investigated. I know of one for sure, who is not an American citizen, he is Pakistani, He works maximum of 3 days a week, sometimes less due to all his travels to other countries. Our men with mental health problems do not need to be seeing people like this, they are very vulnerable, just like in D.C. when they were encouraging them to commit suicide, many did. Our VA needs a complete overhaul across this country.

  • pat

    I give him props for standing his ground on what’s right for our vets. My father goes to the va and is sitting there all day. They do not care and workers are always talking or sitting playing on their phones. He is in the right, get off your butt and do the job you are paid to do. I personally think that every worker there needs to be drug tested on a monthly basis.

  • Rhonda Morgan

    After twenty one months, I was forced out of the VA in St. Louis for refusing to follow an impaired nurse who regularly became more impaired while caring for the veteran patient.
    I witnessed horrendous behaviors of staff and experienced punishment rather than encouragement for attempting to alert management of the disparities.
    If anyone thinks for one second that the VA will investigate their own facility in a fair and critical way, they are greviously mistaken.

  • Larry

    I went thru surgery in 2007. Due to inept of the hospital instead of a simple surgey and recovery, after 5 surgeries last 4 at a private hospital. I became totally disabled at 52 yrs old. But I am alive today and spend time focused on my family and not the nightmare I went through

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