VA Punishes Whistleblower Val Riviello

One reason the last people you would want running healthcare are federal bureaucrats is that rather than repair a deteriorating situation, the authorities will persecute anyone calling attention to it. Again the VA offers a clear example of what Obama et al. have in store for all of us:

A Veterans Affairs nurse who spent 28 years at the embattled agency’s facility in Albany, N.Y., says when she came forward to report abuse including stolen drugs and mistreatment of patients, her supervisors turned on her instead of trying to fix things.

Nursing manager Val Riviello, 55, was considered an outstanding employee at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center until last November, when she reported that doctors had restrained a patient for seven hours in violation of VA rules. Now she has been banished to an office cubicle, stripped of her nursing duties and supervisory role and faces a 30-day suspension without pay. …

Riviello also told FoxNews.com how she discovered the theft of 5,000 vials of morphine from a locked drawer. She said the vials were refilled with saline solution, which was given to veterans in hospice care and in dire need of pain management.

A liberal statists’ instinctive response to stories like this one will be to nationalize the press to prevent them from reaching the public.

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A glimpse of our socialist future.

On a tip from Wiggins. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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