‘corrosive Culture’ At Va Has Led To Significant Failures In Health Care, White House Review Finds | Fox News

Pope Tired but Smiling Amid New Health Concerns – ABC News

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A summary of the review, which was done by deputy White House chief of staff Rob Nabors and released Friday, says the environment within the Veterans Health Administration hurt morale and affected the timeliness of health care, and the division of the department must be restructured. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The review came in the wake of reports of lengthy wait times for appointments and treatment delays in VA facilities nationwide. The review offers a series of recommendations, including a need for more doctors, nurses and trained administrative staff. Those recommendations are likely to face skepticism among some congressional Republicans who have blamed the VA’s problems on mismanagement, not lack of resources. The White House released the summary after Obama returned from a two-day trip to Minneapolis and promptly ducked into an Oval Office to get an update on the administration’s response to the VA troubles from Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson and Nabors. “We know that unacceptable, systemic problems and cultural issues within our health system prevent veterans from receiving timely care,” Gibson said in a statement following the meeting. “We can and must solve these problems as we work to earn back the trust of veterans.” Among Nabors’ findings: — The VA acts with little transparency or accountability and many recommendations to improve care are slowly implemented or ignored. Concerns raised by the public, monitors or even VA leadership are viewed by those responsible for VA’s health care delivery as “exaggerated, unimportant, or `will pass.”‘ — The VA’s lack of resources is widespread in the health care field as a whole and in the federal government. But the VA has been unable to connect its budget needs to specific outcomes. –The VA needs to better prepare for changes in the demographic profile of veterans, including more female veterans, a surge in mental health needs and a growing number of older veterans. Since reports surfaced of treatment delays and of patients dying while on waiting lists, the VA has been the subject of internal, independent and congressional investigations.
‘Corrosive culture’ at VA has led to significant failures in health care, White House review finds | Fox News

In his first appearance after he canceled a planned visit to one of Rome’s main hospitals Friday, the third time this month the 77-year-old has skipped or scaled back an event due to illness or fatigue. Riccardo de Luca/AP Photo Copy Pope Francis has had a busy morning of audiences amid new health concerns following his cancellation of a planned outing. The 77-year-old Francis seemed tired but smiled frequently during a shorter-than-usual, 10-minute private audience Saturday with the president of Madagascar. But the pope delivered a speech without problem to a visiting Orthodox delegation, and he had two other meetings with Vatican cardinals. At the last minute, Francis skipped a visit Friday to a Rome hospital, the third time this month he has canceled or scaled back an event due to fatigue or illness. The Vatican said he had suffered an “unexpected indisposition,” but there were no concerns for his health. Francis has only one full lung, has a bad back and was down with an intestinal problem earlier this month. — This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 24331706.
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