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Gov. Scott Wants State Inspections Of Federal Hospitals

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TALLLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Governor Rick Scott has asked the secretary of the state’s main health agency to order inspections for federal hospitals that serve veterans.

Scott joins other elected officials pressing for answers about care at hospitals in the Veterans Affairs Sunshine Healthcare Network.

The Tampa Tribune reported last week that five cancer patients died and nine others suffered injury because of delays in diagnosis or treatment through the network that includes Florida, south Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Federal officials have refused to say in which hospitals the deaths occurred. The office of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., last week said the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs would report the information to Congress in the next two months.

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