Jun 18, 2014 3:24 PM

Udall asks for inquiry at Junction VA hospital

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Sen. Mark Udall is asking the Veterans Affairs Department inspector general to investigate the Grand Junction VA hospital, saying employees there are complaining of a "toxic, hostile work environment."

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports the Colorado Democrat asked for the investigation Tuesday.

Udall says current and former hospital employees also made allegations of mismanagement and ineffective oversight.

He says the employees claimed that senior administrators overruled medical-care decisions to reduce costs and that handling of medical waste was inadequate.

A spokesman for the hospital didn't immediately return a call Wednesday.

The VA said last week it planned to conduct a follow-up review of the Grand Junction hospital and others after checking on wait times for appointments and scheduling records. Officials didn't give their specific reasons for the follow-up.


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