August 8, 2018

Van Drew Demands Accountability and Corrective Action as VA Hospitals are Failing Our Veterans

(Northfield) – Dr. Jeff Van Drew expressed his grave concerns as new reports surfaced about the terrible conditions of the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital in Washington, DC. The hospital staff wrote a letter calling on VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to fix the deteriorating conditions, which have resulted in rising infections rates for veterans receiving healthcare services and demanded VA leadership “to stop this coverup and incompetence.”

A report from the Department of Veterans' Affairs inspector general in March of 2017 found that the Washington VA Medical Center has "suffered a series of systemic and programmatic failures to consistently deliver timely and quality patient care." Only eight months later, sterilization specialists confirmed that rusty surgical instruments and water full of bacteria were found at the hospital. Despite the recent reports of deteriorating patient care, VA leadership issued a March 2018 statement citing “significant improvements,” which have been refuted by a recent VA staff memo.

“The brave men and women who served our country deserve the best possible healthcare, and these failings are disgraceful,” said Dr. Van Drew. “We need immediate corrective action and institute real accountability, nothing short of a complete revamping of the VA hospital system will suffice.”

“This is not a partisan issue, our veterans provide our families the freedom we cherish, and this atrocity must not be tolerated,” said Dr. Van Drew. “The horror stories of VA hospitals can no longer be swept under the rug, and as Congressman, you can count on me to hold VA leadership accountable to fix this broken system.”

Dr. Jeff Van Drew is a practicing dentist from Dennis Township, and is the State Senator for New Jersey’s 1st Legislative District. Van Drew is running for congress in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes all or parts of New Jersey’s eight southernmost counties.