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Vet dies waiting 30 minutes for ambulance from hospital five minutes away
Hotair ^ | 07/04/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN

Posted on 07/04/2014 5:57:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Edited on 07/04/2014 6:03:09 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

While it is just a tragic anecdote, the latest story surrounding the chronic and too often fatal inefficiency of Veterans Affairs hospitals is illustrative of a much larger problem.

“A veteran who collapsed in an Albuquerque Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria, 500 yards from the emergency room, died after waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance,” the Associated Press reported on Thursday. “Officials at the hospital Thursday confirmed it took a half an hour for the ambulance to be dispatched and take the man from one building to the other, which is about a five minute walk.”


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: healthcare; va; veteran

1 posted on 07/04/2014 5:57:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind; skinkinthegrass; onedoug; 2ndDivisionVet; ConorMacNessa; zot; NKP_Vet; PROCON; ...

Sheer idiocy. waiting for an ambulance to move a dying man from one building to another. Some one should have gotten a stretcher or wheelchair or carried him in their arms to the emergency room. How many vets carried their wounded comrades, under fire to safety and the bureaucrats at this hospital could not have violated their ‘sacred rules’ to save a life. the supreme act of negligence and despite for the veterans in their charge.


2 posted on 07/04/2014 6:08:14 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: SeekAndFind

V.A. System is a preview of Obamacare. Bureaucracy adds rules and regulations in an attempt to cover each and every condition (an impossibility) and while doing so discourages or eliminates personal initiative and responsibility.

Remember, the one area of health care reform that was CONSPICUOUSLY IGNORED was legal tort reform. Unsurprising given the influence that the tort lawyer lobby has over the Democrat Party.


3 posted on 07/04/2014 6:14:55 AM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Relax, it was during their lunch break that was in their union contract so he just had to wait.


4 posted on 07/04/2014 6:53:52 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: GreyFriar

Apparently, the employees of the Veterans Administrations cannot be relied upon like a solder would from his buddies in combat. That tells you everything you need to know about this country’s government and the people who enshrined it.


5 posted on 07/04/2014 7:42:25 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess you could say you can’t fix stupid but with all these types of stories of vets left to die in one way or another, it looks like a policy of the VA to me.

An ugly pattern emerges when you look at and hear about the outrageous conduct of the VA. The VA, doing the job our enemies couldn’t do on the battlefield.


6 posted on 07/04/2014 9:02:31 AM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: GreyFriar

This is inexcusable.


7 posted on 07/04/2014 9:34:18 AM PDT by zot
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To: GreyFriar

Indeed.


8 posted on 07/05/2014 8:50:15 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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