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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Robert Petzel
The Veterans Affairs Department doesn't know whether it has enough staff at its medical facilities to give veterans the quality care they need, failing to comply with a decade-old law despite several prior warnings, the agency's internal watchdog has concluded.
Dear Sgt. Shaft: I need help and advice, I am three months in remission and have had chemo with Rituxan five times since my diagnose of ischemic heart disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 2001. I was not in Vietnam but in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1973 and the U.S. Air Force from 1973 to 1979. I was stationed at U.S. Army Fort Dix in N.J., U.S. Air Force Base Mather in California and Keesler AFB Biloxi in Miss. I have uncovered that these three military sites were exposed to Agent Orange as well as other chemicals. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
The Veterans Administration said Thursday that the chief of dental services at a St. Louis VA Medical Center has been placed on administrative leave after the hospital urged nearly 2,000 veterans to return for blood tests because inadequately sterilized equipment may have exposed them to viral infections during dental procedures.
"Even though this will be a complicated task, VHA understands the importance of measuring our effectiveness and productivity in achieving all of these missions," Undersecretary Robert Petzel said. "Medical facility officials need reliable and accurate data to improve their ability to make informed business decisions on the appropriate number of specialty physicians to meet patient care needs, such as access and quality of care."
"The outstanding work of these investigators is a microcosm of how VA research itself helps improve the lives of veterans," said Dr. Robert Petzel, VA under secretary for Health. "We look forward to working with these young scientists as their careers progress."