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Corrine Brown: No VA problems in Florida

A stampede of Florida politicians, Republicans and Democrats, have joined the national outcry about problems at the VA. But Rep. Corrine Brown remains convinced about one thing:

“We’re doing fine in Florida,” she said this evening at a VA hearing, listing projects in the state.

Her comfort level caught the attention of the GOP opposition group America Rising, which clipped the video below, particularly since the VA in Gainesville has come under question for having a secret waiting lists such as the ones at the Phoenix facility.


Three supervisors in Gainesville have been put on paid leave. But local officials — and Sen. Bill Nelson who visited the hospital on Friday — contend the list was not like the one in Phoenix.

Reports the Gainesville Sun: “VA spokeswoman Mary Kay Hollingsworth said a mental health scheduler created a paper list — against protocol — to reschedule follow-up appointments for patients who were already seen by their provider because the scheduler was not given clearance to access the computer system. Once given access, the appointments were entered into the system, she said.”

Still the outrage Florida officials have shown is in stark contrast to Brown’s assessment. "Heads should roll," Nelson declared Friday in Gainesville.

The Tampa Bay Times reported the story of a Largo veteran, Horace Lalley, a patient at the Young VA Medical Center, who died in 2012 of bladder cancer that his family says was misdiagnosed for years as a urinary tract infection. The VA is investigating the case.  Gov. Rick Scott is suing the VA over access to records. Story here.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:41am]


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