Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balarts Express Outrage Over Serious Health Hazard at VA Medical Center in Miami

Mar 26, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC-Today Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) expressed outrage over a serious health hazard at the VA Medical Center in Miami.

“This is a very disturbing matter with the potential of having severely impacted many of our veterans.  We are outraged at the lack of accountability and oversight that may have caused this serious health hazard to take place, and we have asked for hearings in Congress to investigate the matter promptly and seriously. 

“Anyone receiving public healthcare, especially our veterans who have done so much for this country, deserve top quality care and should not have to worry about risks such as this one.  Sending a letter of notification to patients is not enough.  The VA needs to act immediately and to use every means available to communicate to all patients potentially at risk,” said Mario Diaz-Balart and Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

On Monday, the VA Medical Center in Miami announced that all patients having undergone an endoscopy or colonoscopy from May 2004 to March of this year, are at risk of having contracted Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV, due to improper hygienic use of equipment.

Patients who have had these procedures performed at the VA Medical Center should immediately contact the Special Care Call Center, available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, at 305-575-7256 or toll free at 1-877-575-7256 to schedule an appointment for a blood test screening.  Constituents may also contact Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart’s District Office at 305-225-6866 or Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart’s District Office at 305-470-8555.