The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Veterans’ Health Threatened in Washington, D.C.

Apr 24, 2017

In the main Veterans Affairs hospital in Washington, D.C. serving nearly 100,000 veterans, inspectors found nearly 200 cases of missing supplies that put patients at risk. Nurses have had to run out during procedures to buy supplies at private hospitals. The center hasn't inventoried materials in over a year. And 18 of the 25 storage areas that are supposed to be kept sterile were found to be dirty, meaning supplies could become contaminated and then infect patients.

No surprise: like many hospitals, the center has too many job vacancies. Eight positions of chiefs are vacant including in radiology, mental health, and … human resources! Nine jobs in logistics remain unfilled. The VA, like every other department funded for the needs of the population, doesn’t have enough funding.

Lack of staff causes chaos, like a war zone, according to conclusions drawn after the investigation. Meanwhile, phony politicians continue to wax on about “supporting the troops!”