In Friday’s Voice we have a story about a lesbian Marine veteran who alleges she was the victim of an anti-gay tirade by a nurse practitioner at the Dallas VA Medical Center. In putting together the story, I asked the folks in the public affairs office at the VA Medical Center whether their policies specifically include sexual orientation. It turns out they do, but I didn’t receive their response in time to include it in the story. Here’s the response that was sent over Thursday afternoon by VA Medical Center spokeswoman Monica A. Smith:
In response to your question: yes, we have EEO and code of ethics policies, and all employees are required to receive anti-discrimination training annually. Additionally, patient’s bill of rights is shared with both consumers and staff that specifically states consumers have the right to considerate, respectful care from all members of the health care system at all times and under all circumstances. It also states we must not discriminate against consumers in the delivery of health care services consistent with the benefits covered in their policy or as required by law based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or source of payment.