Connecticut’s Congressional delegation is seeking more information about conditions at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Haven, after a federal report said the operating room was dirty and understaffed, industry standards for cleaning were not being met, and proper precautions were not being taken when the hospital admitted patients with infectious diseases.
“We understand that since the report was issued in June, the Center has taken steps to implement the Inspector General’s recommendations,” Reps. DeLauro, Larson, Courtney, Himes, and Esty wrote in a letter to the director of the Veterans Affairs CT Healthcare System, Gerald F. Culliton. They said they wanted to know the steps that have been taken since June to implement the changes recommended in the report. “With final implementation of policies to sustain these changes required by the IG by March 15, 2014, we respectfully request that you provide us with a status report on the IG recommendations met and plan for fully meeting all recommendations within the next month,” they wrote.
““The circumstances detailed in this report are disturbing, distressing and do a disservice to the brave men and women who sacrificed for our country,” DeLauro said in a statement. “I was pleased to hear Director Culliton agrees that the conditions were unacceptable and that since the report was issued in June the Center has taken steps to meet the IG’s recommendations to correct most of these problems.”