Hearing in St. Louis Today into Cochran V.A. Hospital and Dirty Dental Equipment

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Carnahan: Says he wants answers to "deeply disturbing" allegations.
  • Carnahan: Says he wants answers to "deeply disturbing" allegations.
The House Veterans' Affair Committee is holding a hearing today in the Eagleton Courthouse looking into revelations made earlier this month that as many as 1,800 people may have been exposed to hepatitis or HIV from improperly cleaned dental equipment at the John Cochran V.A. Hospital.

Congressman Russ Carnahan called for today's hearing, which will include testimony from affected patients, the director of the Cochran VA center, Rima Ann Nelson, and Earlene Johnson, the former Cochran employee who produced email evidence that she told a supervisor about problems with the dental equipment sterilization process as early as August 2009 -- six months before the VA addressed the problem.

The hearing begins at 1 p.m. and is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

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