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Bed bugs force urgent care closure at Manchester VA

  • The Manchester Veterans Affairs Medical Center is seen July 17, 2017, the same day a group of veterans met with the hospital's new leader, Alfred Montoya, who is currently director of the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt. Director Danielle Ocker and Chief of Staff James Schlosser were removed from their positions following a report in the Boston Globe that alleged the hospital was endangering patients. NICK REID


Associated Press
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Bed bugs have forced the closure of the urgent care clinic at a troubled veterans medical center in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports the clinic closed Wednesday after bugs were found in the waiting room and in an exam room at the Manchester Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Hospital director Al Montoya says the situation did not qualify as an emergency, and patients were treated at another location. The hospital’s pest control contractor did not respond to requests for comment.

The state’s only veterans hospital came under scrutiny after a Boston Globe report in July revealed allegations of substandard care. Doctors had described a fly-infested operating room, surgical instruments that weren’t always sterilized and patients not properly treated.

A task force has since formed to recommend changes at the facility.