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VA investigating allegations of improper conduct by doctor

Feb. 23, 2012 - 06:08PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

The Veterans Affairs Department's medical center in Dayton, Ohio, is investigating alleged improper conduct by one of its doctors, according to the hospital.

Anonymous tips allege a doctor drew blood from patients under anesthesia without their consent, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said in a statement he has requested VA complete a "full, fair and prompt investigation."

Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, said in a statement the allegations, if true, are troubling. "The new director, Glen Costie, has indicated that he will take this matter seriously and provide a full accounting to our community," he said.

Costie was named director of the facility in December 2011 after an investigation by the VA inspector general found that a dentist there did not wear clean gloves or sterilize equipment between dental procedures.

A review board set up by VA to investigate the matter said that patients treated by the dentist should be tested for blood-borne illnesses such as hepatitis. Nine patients tested positive for hepatitis B or C, although the review board could not confirm a definitive link between the patients and the dentist.

Following the allegations against the dentist, VA removed former director Guy Richardson in December 2010 and transferred him to a job at the Veterans Integrated Services Network office in Cincinnati.

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