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Jackson VA director responds to allegations

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Two physicians at the VA reported the problems to the Office of Special Counsel. Two physicians at the VA reported the problems to the Office of Special Counsel.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The director of the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Joe Battle, is responding to allegations of inadequate patient care, chronic staff shortages, missed diagnoses and nurse practitioners without licenses prescribing narcotics.

The claims were in a report from the Office of Special Counsel and have been sent to President Barack Obama. Two physicians at the VA reported the problems.

Battle released the following statement to Mississippi News Now Thursday night:

"VA is deeply committed to providing the quality care and benefits our Nation's Veterans have earned and deserve. In response to allegations presented by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) regarding the VA medical center in Jackson, Mississippi, VA conducted extensive investigations. VA has already taken corrective action in response to these investigations and will continue to take action to address each recommendation OSC has made. We will review the Office of Special Counsel's latest letter and investigate any additional issues and allegations it raises. VA welcomes recommendations of the Office of Special Counsel – and all external reviews – as an opportunity to evaluate our programs and identify areas for improvement."

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"VA is deeply committed to providing the quality care and benefits our Nation's Veterans have earned and deserve. In response to allegations presented by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) regarding the VA medical center in Jackson, Mississippi, VA conducted extensive investigations.  VA has already taken corrective action in response to these investigations and will continue to take action to address each recommendation OSC has made.  We will review the Office of Special Counsel's latest letter and investigate any additional issues and allegations it raises.  VA welcomes recommendations of the Office of Special Counsel – and all external reviews – as an opportunity to evaluate our programs and identify areas for improvement." 
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