Sen. Udall asks for inquiry at Grand Junction Veterans Affairs hospital over employee concerns

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Sen. Mark Udall wants the Veterans Affairs Department inspector general to investigate the Grand Junction VA hospital, saying employees there are complaining of a "toxic, hostile work environment."

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports the Colorado Democrat asked for the investigation Tuesday. Udall says current and former hospital employees also made allegations of mismanagement and ineffective oversight.

He says the employees claimed that senior administrators overruled medical-care decisions to reduce costs and that handling of medical waste was inadequate.

Hospital spokesman Paul Sweeney says "our focus is ensuring that we don't compromise any possible future investigation," and the VA is urging veterans, family members and employees to report any concerns.

The VA is planning a follow-up review of the hospital and others after checking on wait times for appointments and scheduling records.

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