Here's the original story.
Veterans Affairs Bans iPhones For Veterans
Veterans are now receiving leaflets from Veterans Affairs prior to diagnostic appointments that show iPhones are among a short list of “prohibited items” at VA medical centers. Other items on the list are pistols, knives and backpacks.Actually, based on the picture, I think it's all smart phones that are banned, not just iPhones.
I understand the ban on weapons, but backpacks? And smart phones? After all, backpacks can be searched. And everyone carries a smart phone today. Even airports allow backpacks and smart phones.
Someone in the story's comments asked about a confirmatory source. Here's the question and the reply.
Question:Like I said, I did a little digging myself. The best I could come up with is this statement from the Baltimore VA.
Can someone cite a source for this please.
I am outraged that the VA would do such a thing but if so I want this to go viral.
This is an original story from this website written by me. The leaflet was recently received by a veteran in Colorado. I submitted a FOIA request for additional information from VA yesterday. It will probably take 60 days to get a response.
Prohibited ItemsI get the need to protect patient privacy. And I understand that smart phones can be used as recording devices. But a total ban on those devices seems like overkill. Of course, this is the government we're talking about. And the VA doesn't exactly have a sterling record when it comes to taking care of our veterans. Still, I find this a little hard to believe.
Patients may not have alcoholic beverages, narcotics, firearms, ammunition, knives, other weapons, lighter fluid, non-safety matches, straightedge razors or any medications from home while at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. If a patient has any of these prohibited items with them while in the VA, they will be required to turn them over to the VA Police.
Cameras, Video Equipment and Tape Recorders
For reasons of patient privacy, cameras, video equipment and tape recorders are generally not allowed in the Baltimore VA Medical Center. If your family or friends wish to bring in a camera, video camera or tape recorder, they must make arrangements with the Nurse Manager.
If anyone out there has additional info on this I'd love to hear it.