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Mid-South VA hospital gets surprise inspection

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"Veterans have died because of some ethical issues within the VA and that's absolutely unacceptable." "Veterans have died because of some ethical issues within the VA and that's absolutely unacceptable."
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) – The head of Veterans Affairs is under fire after allegations that his department is responsible for the neglect, mistreatment, and even death of veterans who were denied healthcare.

Secretary for Veteran Affairs Eric Shinseki ordered a nationwide face to face audit of all VA facilities.

WMC Action News 5 learned of a surprise accreditation inspection at VA Medical Center in Memphis. Representatives with the Joint Commission reviewed the policies and procedures at the hospital, analyzed data, and spoke with staff on Thursday.

This all comes days after allegations that a Phoenix, Arizona VA hospital put veteran patients on a secret waiting list resulting in some waiting so long for care that they died.

Some lawmakers are now calling for Secretary Shinseki's resignation, including those attending the Republican National Committee Spring Meeting in Memphis.

WMC Action News 5 spoke with Republican veteran, Amber Barno, who is a military advisor at Concerned Veterans for America.

"Veterans have died because of some ethical issues within the VA and that's absolutely unacceptable and it's time for some accountability, transparency, oversight within the VA. Leadership needs to go," said Barno.

Veteran and Arizona Senator John McCain will hold a meeting with veterans and families in Phoenix about the allegations on Friday. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill will also hold hearings once the investigation is over.

If and when the review on the Memphis VA Medical Center is released, WMC Action News 5 will have the full details.

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