Russ Carnahan to meet with VA secretary

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis congressman will meet with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki over sterilization concerns at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis.

Democrat Russ Carnahan is a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He will meet with Shinseki on Thursday and reiterate his call for an independent and complete review of the St. Louis VA medical center.

Last week, the VA canceled all surgeries at the St. Louis center after staff found evidence of contamination of some operating room equipment.

And last June, officials at Cochrane sent letters to 1,812 veterans telling them they were potentially exposed to hepatitis and HIV due to sterilization problems at the dental clinic. Most of those veterans were tested and no new cases of disease have been blamed on faulty sterilization.

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