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Sen. Blumenthal meeting with VA hospital officials

Feb. 21, 2014 - 02:26PM   |  
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WEST HAVEN, CONN. — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he’ll be meeting with officials at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System hospital in West Haven, after a report found unsanitary conditions at the care center.

The Connecticut Democrat says conditions at the hospital are intolerable and he will demand that hospital administrators implement an aggressive program to correct the problems. He’s scheduled to meet with hospital officials Friday.

The Inspector General’s Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued a report Tuesday saying inspectors found unsanitary conditions, an insect problem and inadequate infection control in the West Haven hospital’s operating rooms. The report says there was no evidence that the problems harmed patients.

Officials at the hospital say many of the problems already have been addressed and they’re working on other improvements.

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