A spokesman for the VA Medical Center in Omaha confirmed Friday that a federal agency will investigate allegations of sexual contact between hospital staffers and psychiatric-ward patients.
“We don't know if there's any validity to the allegation,” Will Ackerman said. “Right now, it's an allegation and we're taking it very seriously.”
Ackerman said it was incumbent upon the hospital to ask an external agency, the federal Office of the Inspector General, to thoroughly investigate.
Patient safety is the hospital's No. 1 mission, he said. He wasn't sure whether the office had begun its investigation.
A Facebook message to The World-Herald this week suggested there was video evidence of nurses, nursing assistants and orderlies enticing psychiatric patients to participate in sex.
Ackerman said he didn't know if there was video evidence, and he declined to say whether there was more than one person making the allegation.
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