Florida gov. wants investigation into VA hospitals

Tallahassee, Florida -- First it was Senator Bill Nelson, now Governor Rick Scott is demanding answers after recent reports of injuries and deaths to veterans at federal Veterans Affairs hospitals.

The governor sent a letter this morning to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. He writes, "AHCA should take immediate action to shine a light on the processes of federal Veterans Affairs hospitals in Florida."

Nineteen veterans nationwide have died because of delays in simple medical screenings like colonoscopies and endoscopies at unidentified VA hospitals and clinics, according to a report from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

All of the details have not yet been released, but it is known five of the deaths occurred at facilities in either in Florida or Puerto Rico.

Senator Bill Nelson was told last week that none of those deaths happened at the James A. Haley facility in Tampa.


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