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September 2013 Archives

Inadequate Staffing at VA hospitals

It was recently reported in the New York Times that a VA hospital in Jackson, Miss did not have enough primary care doctors and that there was too much delegation of authority to nurse practitioners. Dr. Phyllis Hollenbeck filed a whistleblower lawsuit which accused the VA of using nurse practitioners without proper certification to write prescriptions for narcotics for patients they have not seen.

Injuries Caused by Robotic Assisted Surgery

In March 2009 a woman in her 30s underwent robotically assisted surgery to treat endometriosis. Ten days later she was rushed to the emergency room where doctors found that her colon and rectum had been torn during the operation.