ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is calling for the immediate resignation of the senior management at John Cochran VA Medical center.

In a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Akin says he is not impressed with the center’s promise to reform after recent scandals involving dirty dental equipment and improperly sterilized surgical equipment.

 “When you have these major problems that happen repeatedly that says your senior management is not on top of what they should be doing,” Akin said.

In Akin’s letter, he also says its time to consider shutting down the John Cochran medical center and giving medical care vouchers to veterans to go to other local hospitals.

The letter is in response to the Inspector General report highlighting more neglect at the center.

The report states that when IG staff visited John Cochran in late August of 2010 they identified serious ongoing issues including:

  • the pre-treatment and cleaning of dental equipment was inconsistent and not documented,
  • standard operating procedures were not fully developed and did not match all manufacturer’s recommendations,
  • staff was untrained and had not proven their competency to clean dental equipment.

The IG staffers visited Cochran roughly two months after the dirty dental equipment issue became public.

“It appears that once the field hearing was finished and the headlines faded away, it became business as usual at John Cochran,” stated Akin.

Akin’s letter says many veterans in St. Louis have lost faith in the John Cochran Center, and he’s losing faith in the VA’s ability to correct the problem.

Copyright KMOX Radio

  1. Matt says:

    If Mr. Akin had a clue about anything he would shut his trap. The inspectors at the VA said in their report that what happened at Cochran happens in almost every hospital in the country, but other hospitals do not report it. The VA has a policy of self disclosure, the VA did not have to disclose anything but chose to do so. I applaud them for that.

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