VA Deaths: Possibility of coverup demands investigation
A former employee of the veterans hospital in Clarksburg has filed a lawsuit maintaining he was fired for attempting to alert the public to a string of suspicious deaths there.
Earlier this summer, a former nursing assistant at the hospital, Reta Mays, pleaded guilty to murdering seven patients there in 2017 and 2018. In his whistleblower lawsuit, Gregory Bee says Department of Veterans Affairs officials retaliated against him for tipping the news media and some federal officials off about the deaths.
“In hindsight, it is now clear that plaintiff’s knowledge of the change in (standard operating procedures) related to insulin/hypoglycemia and his refusal to kowtow to upper management caused the Clarksburg VA’s administrators to view him with serious concern, given the sensitive nature of that information and the desire of the Clarksburg VA’s management to keep the unfavorable and horrific episode of the serial killer and the murdered veterans shielded from public view and scrutiny,” the lawsuit states.
Merely filing a whistleblower lawsuit does not mean Bee’s claim has merit, of course. A VA spokesman implied he was let go for just cause.
The sooner the facts can be determined, the better.
If there was a coverup, the VA officials behind it need to be identified and punished severely — through criminal charges, not just slap-on-the-wrist VA disciplinary action.