Photos acquired by the Daily Caller show a VA hospital in Chicago where the patients are being served raw meat, expired food, and allowing rodents to run around, while the head of the hospital uses taxpayer money while she sells handbags during her work hours.
An employee at the Hines VA, who asked to remain anonymous was the tip off source. The employee says the hospital has been having these issues for over a year. Patients are being exposed to diseases and unlivable conditions.
The photos were taken in early January, and show a mouse running around, bags of expired food being cooked and served to patients, and a patient with uncooked chicken in their plate.
The Daily Caller reports:
An employee at the Hines VA, who asked to remain anonymous, said these issues have been going on for approximately a year.
The photo of the mouse in the kitchen was taken on February 22, 2017; the photo of the hole in the ceiling was also taken on the same day, and the photo of the uncooked chicken was taken in early January.
TheDC was provided two photos of expired food still being served; one which had an expiration date of April 2, 2017 was taken in mid-April and the other had an expiration date of January 31, 2017 and was taken in early February.
The employee said the hole was finally fixed in late April but was left for approximately six months before being fixed.
In another case, an observant Jewish veteran was unable to eat for days because the hospital had run out of Kosher food.
“I believe you will agree that his being hospitalized since yesterday and subsisting on some fruit and coffee as a result of a complete lack of kosher food is unacceptable in any facility, especially our VA hospital,” said a doctor in an email to other staff from February 13, 2017, noting the problem. “The usual stock of kosher food that was found to be expired, discarded and not replaced in the Hines kitchen inventory needs to be looked into and safeguards put in place so that no Jewish veteran (or any veteran) must suffer the psychological and emotional abuse and denial of proper nutrition due to such negligence.”
Meanwhile, screenshots also acquired exclusively by TheDC show the head of nutrition at the Hines VA, Valerie Adegunleye, selling handbags for her side business, while at work.
Germaine Clarno is a social worker, union representative, who also blew the whistle on manipulated wait times at the hospital in 2014.