Fining government agencies hurts us

 

There was a recent article in which the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center was fined $227,500 for some sort of medical error. What does this mean? It means that the government fined another government agency, which takes funds out of its operating budget -- and goes where? Who gets hurt? The veterans they serve.

No administrators or bureaucrats or other "bosses" get fined or punished. Oh, someone may get a note in his file that reduces his bonus or delays a promotion, but no heads roll, and no one gets fired. Only the veterans get punished by there being fewer funds available for their care.

It's not just the VA. The results are the same no matter what the government agency. The recipients of whatever service is provided will have less available.

The system badly needs looking into!

Jack W. Dalton

Jackson, S.C.

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