A Marine veteran says he was locked inside the Orange City, Florida Veterans Administration community clinic on Monday by mistake. Jeff Duck was a “walk-in” patient who sat waiting in a consultation room for more than three hours before realizing that the staff had left the building for the day and that he was the only one there. “I was apparently left there and forgotten,” said the Deltona, Florida resident.
Duck was worried that he would be accused of burglary, so he called 9-1-1 to notify the police. He told the operator, “I apparently got left in a VA facility, a medical facility, and the alarm has been going off.” The operator asked him, “So, you’re inside and there’s no employees?” Duck said, “None that I can see.”
The Veterans Administration issued an apology to Duck, saying:
“We want to apologize to Mr. Duck for his experience yesterday at the Orange City VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. We are looking at our closing procedures and will make changes to ensure that this does not happen again.”
Although Duck said he was “kind of disappointed,” he said he’s not angry.
“There’s a lot going on with the VA right now, they’re all over the news. Everybody knows what’s going on with them.”
Duck hopes that his experience will help the VA find solutions to other problem areas within the VA’s medical operations. “There’s a lot of people with bigger problems than me,” he said.
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