V.A. Hospital in Jackson Remains Under Scrutiny

The veterans hospital in Jackson remains under scrutiny. MPB’s Daniel Cherry reports, one Mississippi Congressman is looking into allegations of poor conditions at the medical center.

Mississippi veterans have reached out to Congressman Bennie Thompson with complaints about the care they’ve received at the Sonny Montgomery VA hospital. Thompson called for a federal investigation into the facility last month, and Friday he toured the hospital to see what’s going on first hand.

“I look forward to talking with the men and women on the health care side who prove the service to our veterans to see how I can be helpful, see if there are some problems, and, if there are, if my bringing attention to the proper authorities can be helpful.”

Complaints to Thompson’s office include allegations of improper record keeping, understaffing, and even patient deaths. Rica Lewis Peyton is over 10 VA hospitals across 8 states. She points out the hospital in Jackson is in the top ten percent performing VA medical centers.

MPB
7/13/12