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Gillibrand seeks probe of Buffalo VA

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand Wednesday called on the inspector general at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the wake of revelations that 526 patients may be at risk of infection due to improperly cleaned medical scopes.

VA medical center warning 526 patients of infection risk from scopes

“This is not the first time that we have heard of grave health concerns resulting from practices at the Buffalo VAMC,” Sen. Gillibrand wrote in her letter to the VA Secretary David A. Shulkin, in which she requested the probe from the agency's top internal investigator.

“I trust that you will lead the Department to swiftly address the ongoing problems at the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center and ensure no other veterans — in New York and across the country — face a similar risk of infection,” she added.

Gillibrand also asked that the Buffalo VA Medical Center outline the steps it will take to support to veterans at risk of infection and to ensure that similar errors don't recur.

Here's when VA patients were exposed to unsanitary scopes

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