November 05, 2020

Manchin Statement On Indictment Of Clarksburg VAMC Physician

Charleston, WV – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the indictment of Dr. Kenneth Ramdat, a physician at the Clarksburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), for alleged abusive sexual contact and simple assault.

“The climate and culture of our VA Medical Centers starts at the top. If the allegations against Dr. Kenneth Ramdat are proven true, it is yet another sign that the Clarksburg VAMC leadership have abdicated their duty to the staff, the Veterans in their care, and all West Virginians as heinous behavior continues to occur under their watch. It is simply unacceptable that our Veterans and staff are not in a safe environment at the Clarksburg VAMC. How many more West Virginians and Veterans must endure this inexcusable treatment before action is taken to fix these systemic issues? As a pattern of negligence continues to emerge, action must be taken to right these wrongs. As a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, I will ensure these systemic problems at the Clarksburg VAMC are thoroughly investigated, and I hope that as this case progresses, the women affected by these alleged actions receive justice,” said Senator Manchin.