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Saturday, March 26, 2011


I am the Veteran who first reported these violations in Dayton to the Senate and the Media. I did not report them to Turner because I knew he would just demagogue it for his next election. He has proven me true. I’m his constituent and he knows I reported it but he has yet to contact me because I didn‘t vote for him. I receive treatment at the Dayton VA and like everywhere else, INCLUDING CONGRESS, there are “some” jerks who work there but for the most part there are many, many dedicated great employees. I don’t appreciate it when politicians paint anything with such broad brushes as if there are NO GOOD things being done.


Rep. Turner calls for hearings on VA safety practices

Updated 5:54 PM Friday, March 25, 2011
DAYTON — U.S. Reps. Mike Turner, R-Centerville, and Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., on Friday requested the House Veterans Affairs Committee hold hearings on the medical safety practices at VA medical facilities nationwide.
Turner and Carnahan asked the committee’s chairman, Jeff Miller, R-Fla., to convene hearings following “two high-profile investigations in the last year” in St. Louis and Dayton, which they claim highlight shortcomings in oversight of broad VA policy as well as regional practices and protocols.
According to the letter:
In May 2010, the VA Inspector General released a report substantiating allegations that endoscopic equipment was not being cleaned properly at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis. The VA announced 1,812 veterans had potentially been exposed to HIV or hepatitis due to improper cleaning of dental equipment at that facility. In February 2011, surgical suites at that medical center were closed due to improperly cleaned surgical equipment. A field hearing found an employee who complained of the violations to supervisors was ignored.
Problems also have been reported at the Dayton VA Medical Center’s dental clinic, where a dentist failed to follow basic infection control practices, exposing at least 535 former patients to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
“The sum of these disturbing revelations brings into question medical and administrative practices in VA facilities, particularly the oversight mechanisms used to police faculty adherence to infectious disease policy,” the letter reads. “We believe the severity of these infractions and the length of time they persisted demonstrates a national systemic problem that warrants the committee’s full attention.”

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