VA chief medical inspector retires - Tucson News Now

VA chief medical inspector retires

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Another VA leader is out.

Chief Medical Inspector John Pierce has retired. The announcement came after an independent report found his office downplayed complaints about problems at VA hospitals and other facilities.

The VA hospital in Albuquerque is looking into its policies after a veteran died there. He collapsed in the cafeteria and passed away after waiting half an hour for an ambulance to the emergency room, which was about 500 yards away.

Medical workers had been performing CPR on him until the ambulance arrived.

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