U.S. Army veteran Christopher Wilson showed up to a Utah VA clinic only to receive treatment in a dilapidated room covered in trash and debris, sparking a firestorm on social media and an apology from the clinic.
My son is a Veteran of the United States Army. He went to the #VA in Salt Lake City yesterday. This was the condition of the room he was seen in. Very unprofessional, unsanitary and disrespectful. Please retweet. Maybe @realDonaldTrump will see it. pic.twitter.com/P4CMQeE74t
— Stephen Wilson (@GR8_2B_alive) April 27, 2018
“The condition of the room was the way it was when he went in, no other room was offered and no attempt to clean it up was made for the duration of his appointment,” Stephen wrote on Twitter. “No apologies offered. He received injections for a service injury during one of his tours in Iraq.”
The veteran’s father, Stephen Wilson, tweeted out pictures of the disgusting room, saying his son had gone to receive treatment for wounds received during his two tours in Iraq. The father’s diatribe received more than 15,000 retweets, with the VA chief of staff contacting his son personally to apologize, with the facility releasing a statement saying “medicine is messy,” and that it would “review its policies,” according to Stephen.
.update #VA is going to “review policies”. Says “sometimes medicine is messy.” Casts for diabetic vets done in this room. Not acceptable conditions for anyone. Just clean up between patients! Garbage on the counter, no place to wash hands, instruments not cleaned. #Yuck
— Stephen Wilson (@GR8_2B_alive) April 28, 2018
Mismanagement at VA hospitals is endemic across the U.S. More than 6,000 of the VA’s medical professionals haven’t passed background checks, even if they’ve worked for the department for years. The veteran’s hospital in Washington, D.C., is so poorly managed that it’s endangering military service members and wasting millions of taxpayer dollars, according to a March report.
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