St. Petersburg, Florida -- Senator Bill Nelson is the latest lawmaker to publicly blast the Veterans Administration for delays in treatment that in some cases lead to patient deaths.
Sen. Nelson confirmed Thursday that Tampa's James A. Haley Hospital is among a select group of hospitals being audited by the Inspector General's Office.
Now, he says this is not necessarily an indication our local VA hospitals have been doing anything wrong, but simply an attempt by investigators to get a look at large VA centers around the country to identify any problems and figure out how to get this whole issue fixed -- and fast.
"I think Florida is a cut above what we're seeing elsewhere in the country. But if there's any mistake, as there was in the West Palm Beach hospital, a veteran died because of a delay in getting the consults that they need. If there's any mistake, that's unacceptable in medical care for our veterans," Sen. Nelson said.
Meanwhile, we are also hearing from Governor Rick Scott who says he plans to sue in order to allow state inspectors to investigate VA hospitals. 10 Investigates caught up with the governor at a campaign stop in Sarasota.
He says VA secretary Eric Shinseki should resign.
"The secretary needs to leave. We need to get somebody in there that cares about our veterans every day and is going to make a change. You can't keep doing the same thing, just say your mad -- and that's what' happening," Gov. Scott said.
Governor Rick Scott will talk live with 10 News Anchor Allison Kropff Friday morning, May 30 on 10 news at 6:30. We'll ask him what he plans to do to make sure our veterans get the best care possible.