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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Whistleblower Weighs In On VA Report

Exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona, where Dr. Sam Foote worked. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona, where Dr. Sam Foote worked. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

After a draft report from the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General found no proof that delays in health care lead to the deaths of veterans at a VA hospital in Phoenix, Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Dr. Sam Foote, the original whistleblower who spoke out about problems at the VA and refutes the report’s claims.


  • Sam Foote, internist who recently retired after 19 years as director of the Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Phoenix.

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  • gene clark

    Can anyone take the VA IG seriously? VA employees blew the whistle to the IG about this problem, and the IG swept it under the rug. The VA IG should have been fired, along with the secretary, and replaced with staff that actually does something, rather than shuffle papers and cover VA malfeasance.

    • Deason Douglas

      I agree. We are on the same page! Thanks for telling it like it is. They all work for VA and that Mega Empire makes it’s own laws.

  • Buzz

    Gene Clark is spot on. NPR has reported on the former Homeland Security Inspector General that gave “heads up” emails to that department.

    The most recent NPR report on the topic showed that department officials are not cooperating with the Inspectors General and that this is widespread throughout this administrations cabinets.

    This program, Here and Now, should make use of the fine reporting done on Morning Edition and All Things Considered when discussing a subject previously covered and issue a reminder of the findings

  • Deason Douglas

    That is a cover up and probably a pay off, or bonus or a promotion promise, if I ever saw one. They are trying to escape responsibility and any restitution or reconciliation to those who had losses and damages. Loss of quality of life and or pain and suffering or loss of loved ones. They do not want to take responsibility for malpractice or incompetency or mistakes and delays. This is not only a slap in the face to Veterans and their families who endured the loss or pain and suffering but also a desecration to the dead Veterans who were neglected, rejected and treated unjustly.. The VA has a history of having a COLD HEART! Corrupt and criminally insane! They think we are going to buy that BS! I have dealt with this broken and corrupt system for about 29 years.

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