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Apologies mean nothing once the damage is done

It has been reported that 716 patients at the Buffalo VA hospital were exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C from the reuse of insulin needles over the past two years.

Millions of dollars are being spent on the MVP (Million Veteran Program) Baseline Survey. It’s a nationwide, ongoing health survey run by the VA and a private contractor to collect health data on veterans. It requires a blood sample. This report will be tainted.

What is the VA going to do with the contaminated veterans, their survivors, their spouses, their families, their jobs and the false positive it reflects on the Western New York community? This isn’t a random staph infection at a hospital. Was it a cost-effective situation? Apologies mean nothing when the damage is done.

Philip James Jarosz

Buffalo