Thursday, April 24, 2008

Katz is on notice

Earlier this week I wrote a post (‘Sad and Pathetic’) about the Department of Veterans Affairs deliberately withholding information about the suicide risk among veterans by giving false numbers staggeringly lower than the true numbers.

The post also described how the head of the department, Dr. Ira Katz, sent emails to others in the department in a desperate attempt to hide the truth from not only the media, but the American public as well.

The plan didn’t work as the emails were discovered/leaked to CBS news… and now the Karma is coming back to kick Katz in the ass as Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) are now calling for his resignation.

Akaka wrote to Michael Kussman, the Undersecretary for Health;

“Dr. Katz’s personal conduct and professional judgment have been called into question by his response to the mental health needs of veterans, and in particular to veteran suicides. I believe veterans, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, would be best served by his immediate resignation.”

Sen. Murray asked VA Deputy Secretary Gordon Mansfield;
“How do we trust what you’re saying when every time we turn around we find out that what you’re saying publicly is different from what you’re saying privately? How can we trust what you’re saying today?”

Katz behavior is, again, sad and pathetic. For someone who supposedly took the Hippocratic Oath when he became a doctor, Katz isn’t acting the part.

Says the Oath;
“I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.”
He seems to have forgotten it, hasn’t he?
Dr. Katz… you’re on notice. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

On second thought; let it. Hard.

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