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Feds Allege Veterans Nursing Home Provides Inadequate Medical & Nursing Services

Veterans Nursing HomeOn December 18th, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, released a 45-page report relating to numerous conditions and practices that violate the ‘constitutional and federal statutory rights’  of the residents at the William F. Green Veterans Home.  The report follows an inspection, interviews and document review by officials of the Alabama Veterans Home.  The  federal report, authored by acting Assistant Attorney General Grace Chung Becker, concludes resident sat the facility ‘suffer significant harm and risk of harm from the facility’s inadequate medical and nursing services.’

In particular, the report identifies the following problems relating to improper patient care:

Human Management Resources has had the contract to staff Alabama’s three veteran’s homes since 2004. In 2007, an Alabama Department of Public Health inspection revealed staffing violations and the company was downgraded to probationary status.

Despite the reports of serious safety violations, no immediate penalties have been implemented.  ‘Scot Montrey, a spokesman for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division says, “It is quite possible that some remedies will already be under way.  “Our next step…depends on the level of cooperation we receive, but typically we reach some kind of settlement rather than having to file a lawsuit.”

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