In a sickening case of authoritative mistreatment, a widow claims that a Veteran’s Affairs hospital staff beat her husband to death after he tried leaving because of an extended wait. This is on the heels of stories of long wait times at VA hospitals leading to dozens of preventable deaths.
The Courthouse News Service reports:
After waiting for four hours for dialysis with a shunt in his arm, a veteran told a Veterans Administration hospital he was leaving, whereupon VA police beat him and stomped on his carotid artery, giving him a stroke that killed him, and they lied to his wife about it, the widow claims in court.
The veteran, Jonathan Montano, waited over four hours for dialysis treatment with a shunt in his arm.
“This greatly frustrated Jonathan Montano, who then decided that he didn’t want to wait any longer at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda and decided to leave the hospital and to go to the VA Hospital in Long Beach,” the complaint states.
The nursing staff told him he couldn’t leave and called the VA police, who restrained the patient, then brutalized him.
It’s unclear how any of this is acceptable and it doesn’t bode well for public perception of government health care as ACA (ObamaCare) moves the entire health care system in the United States toward a government system.