Udall asks for inquiry at Junction VA hospital

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Sen. Mark Udall is asking the Veterans Affairs Department inspector general to investigate the Grand Junction VA hospital, saying employees there are complaining of a "toxic, hostile work environment."

The Colorado Democrat asked for the investigation Tuesday.

Udall says current and former hospital employees also made allegations of mismanagement and ineffective oversight.

He says the employees claimed that senior administrators overruled medical-care decisions to reduce costs and that handling of medical waste was inadequate.

Paul Sweeney, the Grand Junction VA spokesperson says Udall's request is "in the hands of the Office of Inspector General."

Sweeney also says any veterans or family members with concerns about the Grand Junction VA Medical Center should report it to the facility. You can call 263-2826 or visit their website linked to this story.

The VA said last week it planned to conduct a follow-up review of the hospital and others after checking on wait times for appointments and scheduling records.

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