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Who do I contact to file a complaint about patient care? Patient advocate I don’t trust.


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Hi there I have been having issues with various VA providers over the course of time. Rudeness and not so nice comments as well. I am not wanting to rock the boat, But I would truly like to address my concerns without fear of Retaliation from the VA. I also don’t think the patient advocates are worth two nickels. With someone please help and suggest who I can write a letter to. Would it be the chief of staff?  Head of the patient advocates?  The directors office?  Or the director of the VISN?  Please help as I am at a loss. Thanks. 
  

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I did that once- just walked into the Director.'s office and someone called the VA Police.

( because they knew I had filed FTCA against them) I asked the cops to arrest me so I could be in the Corning Leader Newspaper and tell my story.The cops left the room.)

However ( and the results of my 2-3 meetings with him became very probative to my FTCA case) as he fully agreed with my charges of malpractice, after a thorough review of my dead husband's VA med recs, and sent this Peer Review to the Regional Counsel, who called me up and wanted to begin negotiations for wrongful death)

If you give me your RO's name I can find their director's phone # and email for you- as well as the proper Visn  contact info.

Many here gave you excellent suggestions.

You are not a "pee-on".

You vets and us widows/widowers of vets, justify the VA system. 

It was created for all of you- but when VA becme a cabinet post things really went downhill.

And of course, I am aware of the"deep state" nature of the VA.

For the many,many  dedicated employees of VA who work diligently and with respect and compassion for our vets, at every level of VA, they work often, side by side, with idiots or those who are incompetent,  or illiterate or just plain lazy assed people ( just like some of our so called service org vet reps)

I suggest Calling or emailing the director and sending the VISN director a CC of that meeting request.

State your problem and keep it brief.

 

 

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I have used the patient advocates numerous times and I have always gotten a call from the Chief of that dept.  People were reassigned due to 2 complaints of severe rudeness.  Now that Trump has said they can be fired I’ve noticed a difference in staff rudeness.

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I guess every VAMC is different  but should have the same protocol  or  through the chain of command  people are going to be different all across the nation.

At my VAMC  Dallas Tx  the'' patient advocates'' seem useless to me and I don't know of any veteran they actually helped?

I talk to a patient advocate and left  and through the big glass window at their office I seen him toss the pieces of paper I had give him in the trash can.  But like I said it just depends on your VAMC and the authorities that work there.  people are different and hopefully your Director will listen to you and work something out with your complaint. 

I would write a note to the Hospital Director  Address it specifically to the Hospital Director  and ask if you can make an appointment with him at his most earliest convenience give your name last 4 & phone  contact # and current address  and he should send you a letter for the time  and date of his appointment ,or call you.

once you get the appointment set up  then this is when you can discuss your complaint.

Just and put the note  in a drop box there at the hospital  they will give the note to the director.

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My advice was wrong-I have contacts for VAROs- not VAMCs. Sorry!!!!

This link can possible help-

https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?STATE=NY&dnum=ALL

Or file an IRIS complaint.

Buck's suggestion is good too!- we have a drop box at my VAMC-I am sure they all  do- I think the local VAMC has one  right in the lobby. And if you call  the main VAMC number you can ask for the Director's office.

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