Veterans “Fear for Their Lives” at Cochran says Congressman

Bill Reker

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The words are getting more strident as criticism of the John Cochran V.A. Medical Center continues to grow.

You can add Congressman Todd Akin’s latest comments to Congressman Russ Carnahan’s calling Cochran a “national disgrace.”

In a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Akin writes: ” I know of veterans in my district that now travel hours our of their way to seek treatment at other Veterans hospitals because they actually fear for their lives.”

Congressman Akin went on to tell the V.A. Affairs Secretary he cannot in good conscience seek additional funding or support expansion programs at Cochran until there is serious reform including holding senior staff accountable.

Akin wrote: “If John Cochran were a ship or a military unit, the commander would have already been relieved  and a comprehensive Inspector General Investigation would have already been launched.”

Surgeries are still not being performed at the Cochran Medical Center following the reports last week of contamination of surgical instrument trays.

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