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Harkin, Grassley respond to report on Central Iowa VA Medical Center

This news story was published on March 31, 2014.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin today issued the following statements in response to the findings of a Veterans Affairs (VA) Inspector General Report on the Central Iowa Health Care facility in Des Moines.  Grassley and Harkin requested that the Department investigate the facility after hearing concerns about personnel at the center. 

“This situation is a good example of why it’s important for each agency to have an independent watchdog,” said Grassley.  “The inspector general reviewed concerns presented from Iowans to their senators about a federal facility.  The inspector general reviewed the concerns and made recommendations to fix identified problems.  I hope the actions the VA has agreed to take in response to this report will lead to improved morale for VA employees at the Central Iowa VA Medical Center and ultimately better patient care.”

“Veterans in Iowa and around the country deserve access to the best possible health care, so a report of anything short of that kind of care at a VA medical center should be handled in a serious manner,” said Harkin.  “I appreciate that the VA responded to these concerns and issued recommendations for improving the center.  I now look forward to working with Senator Grassley to ensure Iowa’s veterans have access to the best possible care.”

The VA Office of Inspector General Office of Healthcare Inspections conducted an inspection of the VA Central Iowa Health facility’s Primary and Specialty Care Services Line in June 2013.  The report unveiled today is available online here.

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