Sens. Alexander, Corker ask VA for details on Memphis changes

Sens. Alexander, Corker ask VA for details on Memphis changes

May 16th, 2014 by The Commercial Appeal in Local - Breaking News

Sen. Lamar Alexander

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Bob Corker

Bob Corker

WASHINGTON - Tennessee's two U.S. senators want to know what changes have been made at the Memphis VA Medical Center following an inspector general's report last fall that three patients died in the facility's emergency department after receiving inadequate care.

Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander of Maryville and Bob Corker of Chattanooga sent a letter Thursday to Robert A. Petzel, the Veterans Affairs Department's undersecretary for health, requesting an update on the implementation of recommendations made in the inspector general's report.

"As you know, the OIG has verified many troubling allegations at the MVAMC Emergency Department," the senators wrote. "Our veterans deserve the best possible care available, and incidents like these and allegations of delayed care leading to the deaths of veterans at the Phoenix VA Health Care System are deeply troubling."

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