Minneapolis VA faulted after Vietnam vet's suicideA report says the Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center was "deficient" in its handling of a suicidal Vietnam War veteran who later killed himself.
By: Associated Press,
MINNEAPOLIS — A report says the Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center was "deficient" in its handling of a suicidal Vietnam War veteran who later killed himself.
The report notes that the one-time Marine had survived a recent suicide attempt. The report alleges the hospital didn't follow up after mental-health staff warned that he might try to kill himself again.
The report was from the Veterans Administration Inspector General's Office, which investigates wrongdoing. It faults the VA's suicide-prevention coordinator for not consulting with the man's treatment team, and the hospital for failing to follow up with him.
VA spokesman Ralph Heussner tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune every veteran's suicide is a tragedy. He says the hospital plans to use the information from the report to improve its system of flagging potential risks.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.