Wednesday, May 7, 2008

We Need Action to Go With That Outrage

This is a continuing series of posts that follow up the lawsuit against the Veterans Administration and highlights what happened yesterday before a Congressional Committee.

That's all well and good--now follow it up with something that forces these people to act and that holds them accountable for their massive fuck-up:

...Committee Chairman Bob Filner lashed out at the man in charge, Secretary James Peake, accusing the V.A. of "criminal negligence," reports CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian.
"What we see is a pattern -- deny, deny, cover up, cover up," Filner said.

Filner's colleagues quickly followed, piling anger on top of disbelief.

With his embattled Director of Mental Health Dr. Ira Katz at his side, Secretary Peake presented a detailed series of charts and graphs generally backing CBS News suicide data.

"I've never had a concern with their overall numbers," Katz told the committee.

"We're as far from hiding information from the public as anyone I know," Peake said.

But several lawmakers weren't buying it, citing a Feb. 13 e-mail titled "Not for CBS News" where Katz appears to be trying to keep attempted suicide numbers quiet.

These bastards have to go. Replace them with people who care and who will work hard to fix this problem.

No comments: