Tomah VA troubles continue with nurse shortage, neglectful care

Tomah VA troubles continue with nurse shortage, neglectful care
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In a mostly positive profile in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week, Victoria Brahm laid out the achievements to date and the challenges facing the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah.

Brahm, who last month was officially named medical center director of the government-run hospital and clinics, offered a can-do attitude about mending the scandal-plagued medical center.

“I’m an open book and I think I can turn this place around,” Brahm said. “And it needs work. This is our opportunity. This is it. We have to change this culture, all the way.”

But insiders say the government-run medical complex described as “Candyland” for opioid prescription practices that left veterans drugged out of their minds is a long way from changed

An employee at the VA facility tells Wisconsin Watchdog that while he has seen some areas of improvement, the “culture of fear” described in a Senate committee report last year in many ways remains unchanged.

“(Brahm) keeps saying she is not going to tolerate bullying and retaliation, but I received a phone call today from a person getting bullied by a manager,” the staffer said.

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