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VA Whistleblower Says He’s Been Demoted, Bullied

Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)
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The John Cochran VA Medical Center. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The John Cochran VA Medical Center. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Dr. Jose Mathews says he’s paying the price for being a whistle-blower at the VA hospital in St. Louis.

He didn’t hold back as he told his story to KMOX.

Mathews was head of psychiatry at the VA before he came forward to say that doctors were treating only half the mental health patients they had the capacity to handle.

After, he says he was promptly removed from his position and specifically instructed not to contact any of the psychiatrists he was leading.

But even though he was re-located to a basement office, Mathews continues going to work at the VA as scheduledbut says there has been harassment from some co-workers.

“They’re sometimes mocking,” he says. “There are sometimes people who make it a point to come into my office and laugh. Seriously, this is not a joke.”

He points out it’s only a minority of his VA co-workers that seem to be taking pleasure from his predicament.

Mathews’ allegations have prompted a call for an investigation by Missouri Senators Blunt and McCaskill.

Mathews was a guest on the Charlie Brennan Show Tuesday morning.

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