Brown, Turner call for VA dental task force

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Brown, Turner call for VA dental task force

Dayton Daily News – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and U.S. Rep. Mike Turner (R-Centerville) on Thursday called on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to establish a task force dedicated to investigate issues surrounding misconduct at the Dayton VA Medical Center.

“We must determine how, for more than 18 years, the VA allowed patient care to erode to the point where hundreds of patients at Dayton had to be tested for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV because they were exposed to blood borne pathogens as a result of their care,” the letter reads.

The task force, as proposed, would review all of VISN 10’s facilities, activities and services, which includes all VA facilities in Ohio and parts of Indiana and Kentucky.

“Those who enabled this to happen must be held accountable,” the letter reads. “We must also identify the source of this problem and ensure that a similar working environment has not taken root at any other VA medical facility.”

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