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Report: Florida VA Staff Left Veteran's Body in Shower for 9 Hours

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By    |   Monday, 12 Dec 2016 07:55 AM

Staffers at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Florida left a dead veteran's body in a shower room for nine hours, then tried to cover it up, according to an internal report, Fox News reported.

Hospice staff members at the Bay Pines VA hospital put the veteran's body in a hallway, then put in a shower room, which increased the likelihood that the body would decompose, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The veteran died in February while under hospice care. The Times notes the incident was not documented correctly, such as not providing nurse organizational charts that would have shown who was in charge.

"We feel that we have taken strong, appropriate and expeditious steps to strengthen and improve our existing systems and processes within the unit," said hospital spokesman Jason Dangel, reports the Times.

"It is our expectation that each veteran is transported to their final resting place in the timely, respectful and honorable manner. America's heroes deserve nothing less."

According to Fox News, Florida Rep. Gus Bilirakis called the incident a "total failure" on the VA's part. 

"Unsurprisingly, not a single VA employee has been fired following this incident, despite a clear lack of concern and respect for the veteran," he said. "The men and women who sacrificed on behalf of our nation deserve better."

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Staffers at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Florida left a dead veteran's body in a shower room for nine hours, then tried to cover it up, according to an internal report, Fox News reported.
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