Tennessee State Representative G.A. Hardaway hosted a bipartisan follow-up town hall meeting on Wednesday, July 2. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC)- Tennessee State Representative G.A. Hardaway hosted a bipartisan follow-up town hall meeting on Wednesday, July 2.
Mid-South veterans came to the meeting and told officials how they had been treated at the Memphis VA Medical Center.
Hospital officials found out earlier in June that the facility is one of 81 VA medical centers across the country that will undergo further review. This came after an audit showed at least three Memphis patients died after getting inadequate care in the emergency room.
"The doctors are lying about these veteran's diagnosis, they're lying. They won't even tell you. I was seen at the VA for 10 years before I knew I had prostate problem," Veteran Johnny Collins said.
One after another, veterans went on record about the poor treatment they received at Memphis VA Medical Center.
"I was five years on what they call the list for a hip replacement," Air Force Veteran Joseph Ramsey said.
Marine veteran Jesse Blakely even brought five of his own teeth he'd pulled himself because he says the VA in Memphis failed him.
"The VA has been treating me like I'm a second class citizen or something," Marine Veteran Jess Blakely added.
The Memphis VA Center is one of 81 VA medical centers named in a recent federal audit. Auditors plan to take a closer look at scheduling problems that are part of a national controversy over the time it takes for veterans needing medical care to get an appointment.
"The process is faulty, the process is corrupt. We've got to get this straightened out," Rep. G.A. Hardaway said.
WMC Action News 5's Justin Hanson reached out to the spokesperson for the Memphis VA Medical Center about Wednesday's claims. There was no information provided at this time.
Meanwhile, those veteran's testimonies were recorded Wednesday and will be sent to Washington D.C. for further review.
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