BRADLEY'S LEADERSHIP RESULTS IN NEW VA POLICY REGARDING EMERGENCY ROOMS AT VA FACILITIES
VA policy maintains round-the-clock service at Manchester VA Medical Center
(Washington, D.C.) - First District Congressman Jeb Bradley today praised the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for clarifying its policy on 24-hour access at emergency rooms at VA facilities across the country. Yesterday, the VA issued a directive ensuring that emergency rooms at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities will remain open 24 hours a day.
Yesterday's directive comes several months after Bradley brought this issue to national attention. Bradley worked with Deputy Secretary of the VA Gordon Mansfield to halt a VA proposal to close the Manchester VA Medical Center's emergency room between the hours of 10 PM and 6 AM and possibly on the weekends. The VA was entertaining proposals to reduce the hours of operation at VHA emergency rooms across the country until Bradley and Veterans Service Organizations intervened.
"Our VA facilities should be open and accessible to veterans who need care, and this policy will help to save lives and protect veterans' health," stated Bradley, a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.
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