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Worker claims harassment after raising concerns about Hines VA Hospital

Veterans Administratisocial worker Germaine Clarno speaks news conference accompanied by U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk Friday May 30 2014 Chicago. The

Veterans Administration social worker Germaine Clarno speaks at a news conference accompanied by U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk Friday, May 30, 2014, in Chicago. The pair voiced new allegations against the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital to the west of Chicago. Sen. Kirk says he's met with doctors from the suburban Chicago veterans facility who tell him "boxes and boxes" of echocardiograms went unread for weeks and that some patients died in the interim. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) ORG XMIT: CX108

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Updated: September 8, 2014 10:56AM

She cried foul about the way a Veteran Affairs hospital in Hines allegedly was treating its patients. Now, she says she is being harassed by the hospital for speaking up.

Germaine Clarno, a social worker at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and employee union president, alleged back in May that Hines patients were being kept on secret waiting lists so hospital executives could collect bonuses linked to meeting standards for speedy treatment. It was an alleged scam that is now believed to be a nationwide problem for VA hospitals.

Clarno alleged on Wednesday that after a July 25 meeting with a White House representative, along with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, about the alleged negligence and corruption happening at Hines, a series of what Kirk called “retaliatory events” were directed at her, beginning last week.


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