Ethics train­ing needed to help cor­rect prob­lems at VA

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the on­line story “VA au­dit finds long waits, em­ploy­ees co­erced to al­ter records” (Mod­ern­Health­ June 9), don’t VA em­ploy­ees have to go through an­nual ethics train­ing?

I would think that just be­cause they are co­erced, that is not some­thing that pre­cludes them from be­ing held re­spon­si­ble for their ac­tions. Such train­ing would have taught them that it is not al­ways about fol­low­ing what the boss tells them to do. They should con­sider if what they are be­ing asked (to do) is against the law or un­eth­i­cal and if so, they not only have a duty to do the right thing, but can be fired if they do the un­eth­i­cal thing.

Pat daCosta At­lanta

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