The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been performing colonoscopies using outdated methods.
The inspector general reported conclusions based on an investigation requested by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield. DeFazio said he heard from a constituent in 2014 that patients experienced long waits for colonoscopies and problems with the quality of those colonoscopies at the Roseburg VA.
DeFazio issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying the inspector general’s findings will lead to improved care not just at the Roseburg VA, but across the country. As a result of the investigation into Roseburg’s practices, the inspector general has recommended the Veterans Health Administration’s colorectal cancer screening guidelines be revised. Those standards govern practices used at all VA medical facilities.
“We would never dream of sending our troops into battle with unclear directives and outdated, substandard methodologies and technologies, yet out-of-date standards are being used for their medical care,” DeFazio said Tuesday in a written statement. “The VA needs to be held to the highest standards in all regards, but especially when it comes to veterans’ health care.”
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