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Suspended VA Official Says She’s Being Punished For Blowing Whistle On Clinic’s Practices

Dr. Barbara Temeck wrote prescriptions for a private patient, but her lawyer says his review of VA records shows that Temeck is facing a severe suspension that has not been imposed in even extreme cases of VA prescription misuse.

Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati VA Official: Wrongdoer Or Whistleblower?
The deputy chief of staff at the Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center faces the end of her career and possible prosecution for writing three prescriptions for a private patient. But she says the VA is retaliating because she was blowing the whistle on its relationship with UC Health, which she says wastes tax dollars and hurts veterans. (Saker, 4/22)

In other veteran health care news —

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: VA Official Says He Can’t Offer Advice For The Project He Oversees 
Audio recordings obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reveal a VA manager overseeing a health care enrollment project intentionally withheld critical information from hospital staff across the country that would have made it easier for veterans to gain access to care. ... The manager describes how he’s been instructed to not provide detailed guidance to staff at more than 150 VA hospitals across the country. (Schrade, 4/21)

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