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Rep. Thompson wants probe of Jackson’s VA medical center, claims patients at risk

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson called Tuesday for federal authorities to investigate the G.V. Sonny Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson, charging that management of the hospital is in “disarray” and patients are endangered.

There are serious problems with the quality of health care provided, the longtime Democratic congressman said.

Thompson says he has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

He says in a news release that he’s asking them to investigate reports of patient deaths, improper access to records and staffing shortages at the hospital.

A staffer at Thompson’s Jackson office said staff in Washington is handling the issue.

James Theres, the hospital’s spokesman, says he had just received Thompson’s news release Tuesday and wanted to read it. He says he doesn’t know if the VA will respond.

(Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.)




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