Following concerns raised about the quality of care and conditions at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, Governor Scott Walker’s office says a full review of the facility will be done by the Department of Health Services.
The move comes after a report was published by the Cap Times earlier this week, which raised concerns about staffing levels and conditions at the facility. The story has prompted calls from numerous Democratic lawmakers for a full investigation.
In a statement, Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said the DHS quality assurance division is required to look into concerns as they are raised, which will be done in this case. “This comes after an independent review by the division and report issued last May. In addition, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs recently reviewed King in June of this year and it did not cite a single health care deficiency. Nor did it issue any citations during its 2015 survey,” Evenson noted.
The state Department of Veterans Affairs has also stood by the conditions at King. In a statement, the agency said it provides safe, high-quality care.