VA Mistreatment of Patients Causes Uproar

March 1, 2017 -- Officials at a Veterans Administration hospital said they've taken action after pictures of patients being ignored were posted on social media and triggered outrage.

Former Marine Stephen McMenamin and his wife Hanna posted photos of two veterans in distress in the waiting room of the Durham VA Medical Center in North Carolina, the Associated Press reported.

The couple said both older men were ignored for hours even though they said they had severe pain. One practically fell out of his wheelchair, and the other man stretched out on the floor after being denied a place to rest.

The McMenamins said they were so shocked by the situation that they felt they had to take pictures and post them on social media, the AP reported.

Thousands of people expressed anger over the plight of the two veterans. An employee involved in the situation has been removed from patient care pending an internal review, according to DeAnne Seekins, head of the medical center.

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