Brockton: US Rep Stephen Lynch visits VA facility, looks into report

Congressman Stephen Lynch is looking into claims that two veterans were neglected for years at the Brockton VA facility. A whistleblower’s accusations along with a report by the Office of Special Council allege that two patients went years without comprehensive psychiatric reviews. Lynch recently took a tour of the VA’s community living center in Brockton to get a sense of the type of treatment the veterans are receiving.

“I had an opportunity to meet with dozens of veterans here, just to check in on the level of their care,” said Lynch.  ”A number of them I knew personally, so I feel pretty confident in the overall level of care that the veterans are receiving here medically and I feel reassured after this visit.”

The facility was investigated nine months ago after allegations were made. Lynch says there was one item that came to light and has been corrected.

“The whistleblower complaints were substantiated in one important regard, and that was the annual comprehensive psychiatric consult for two of the patients were not conducted as required,” Lynch said.

The congressman was quick to respond when asked about assurances that the VA will continue to take corrective action regarding patient care.

“I think the fact that they stepped up and they admitted that they weren’t doing what they were required to do,” said Lynch. “They stepped up and corrected it right away, that’s a good indicator . They changed their behavior when it was brought to their attention.”

Lynch says there are plans for a follow up visit to the Brockton VA and also is scheduled to meet with the family of the two veterans named in the report. The report comes on the heels of an ongoing national scandal where veterans have either died while waiting for a doctor’s appointment or allegations that VA employees may have manipulated waiting times.

US Rep Stephen Lynch speaking after visiting a 106 bed unit in the community living center located at the Brockton VA. Pictured with the congressman is Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter, who also took the tour.

US Rep Stephen Lynch speaking after visiting a 106 bed unit in the community living center located at the Brockton VA. Pictured with the congressman is Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter, who also took the tour.

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Congressman Stephen Lynch shaking the hand of a veteran outside the Brockton VA. With the congressman is Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter and Vincent Ng, Director of the VA Boston Healthcare System.

About Kevin Tocci

Kevin Tocci is a Brockton area reporter and correspondent, and Host of Monday Night Talk which airs on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. on WATD.