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Veterans “forced to share a plate with cockroaches” at Illinois VA hospital

Unlike private hospitals, VA hospitals apparently are held to lower cleanliness standards than regulations would otherwise allow in a private sector facility.   Concerned employees at an Illinois VA hospital blew the whistle on the cover up of a cockroach infestation at the hospital, including kitchen areas where patient meals are prepared. 

According to the investigation report released yesterday: "roaches routinely crawl across kitchen countertops and have ended up in veterans' food."  Despite the infestation, nothing was done because according to the VA, it was "not very severe."

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