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79 Miami-area veterans never notified of possibly unsafe colonoscopies

Miami Herald, July 6, 2010

The Veterans' Administration, which in March 2009 revealed that more than 2,400 Miami-area veterans were given colonoscopies with improperly cleaned equipment, announced Tuesday that 79 veterans mistakenly were not notified they are at risk of contracting a disease such as HIV from the procedure. The VA said the failure to contact the 79 veterans came from administrative errors relating to their charts. The VA has temporarily removed Mary Berrocal, director of the Miami VA Healthcare System, until a 30-to-60-day investigation is complete. Replacing her temporarily is Thomas Capello, current director of the Gainesville VA hospital.