Blumenthal: VA hospital needs more inspections, update

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) met with VA hospital officials Friday to get an update on the reported unkempt conditions at the hospital.

In a February report, the VA inspector general found dirty operating rooms that were linked to staffing issues inside the West Haven facility.

“I was deeply appalled by the conditions revealed in the inspector general’s report—unsafe and unsanitary conditions that put veterans at real risk,” said Blumenthal in a media statement released Thursday.

“As a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, I have insisted that these glaring deficiencies be addressed and that proactive verification and oversight programs be implemented to ensure such intolerable lapses never occur again,” he said.

On Friday, Blumenthal met behind closed doors with hospital officials to talk about the progress the hospital has made. He then shared some of that information with reporters at Polish American Club in West Haven.

“What I am going to seek is now a follow-up from the VA inspector general to come back and confirm how much progress has been made and what remains to be done,” he said.

The senator also talked briefly about the need for a new or updated hospital facility.

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