Senator Moran responds to Dole VA hospital investigation

January 5, 2016

Via KWCH 12

WICHITA, Kan. – We learned last month about an investigation at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. We know it involves a surgeon and students from the University of Kansas Medical School.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran said at the time, the hospital was refusing to answer his questions about what was happening. Moran recently met with officials from the VA about the investigation.

“I shouldn’t have to learn about problems at the VA from the media,” Moran said.

But that’s what the senator says happened last month. Now, after meeting with VA regional and local leaders, Moran knows more about the investigation.

“The school of medicine thought the conduct of a particular employee of the VA was such that it was inappropriate for their residents to be in that employee’s presence, ” he said.

That employee is now separated from the residents and there may be more action taken.

“I was assured by the VA that a determination would be made based upon the facts early in January,” Moran said. “… Many times across the country, we have seen bad actors at the VA, and seemingly nothing ever happened. And this is just one more instance where we want to hold the VA accountable.”

Moran says he will follow up with VA leaders to make sure they live up to their commitment. In the meantime, the training of the residents continues at the KU School of Medicine in Wichita.

“We want the residents to have a good experience,” Moran said. “We want them to be physicians and surgeons in Kansas, maybe at the VA.”

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