The Latest: Ohio's senators want Cincinnati VA probe action

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Posted: Feb 17, 2016 4:32 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on questions about the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs medical center (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Ohio's Democratic U.S. senator is calling for quick, thorough investigation of the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs hospital after whistleblowers raised concerns the quality of care for veterans has been hurt by management issues there.

The allegations surfaced in a report by WCPO-TV and the Scripps News Washington Bureau that said nearly three dozen current and former medical center employees have expressed urgent concerns.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, of Cleveland, describes the accusations as "appalling." Brown is on the Senate veterans' affairs committee and says there should be action to hold people accountable for failures that have negatively affected veterans' care.

Republican Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman in Cincinnati on Wednesday also called for quick action by federal authorities to "get to the bottom" of the allegations.

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1:15 p.m.

Ohio's Republican senator wants quick federal action to probe what he calls "very troubling" allegations raised about management and veterans' care at the Cincinnati VA hospital.

Sen. Rob Portman, of the Cincinnati area, commented Wednesday on a WCPO-TV and Scripps News Washington Bureau report that nearly three dozen current and former medical center employees have expressed urgent concerns about quality of care.

The Department of Veterans Affairs said recently it has opened an investigation into its Cincinnati hospital. It offered little detail.

Portman says he wants the Office of Inspector General to move quickly to "get to the bottom" of allegations, and he's also reached out to the Senate committee on veterans affairs.

The hospital annually delivers medical care to more than 43,000 veterans from southwest Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.