Officials at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Hines, Ill., may have left the bodies of deceased veterans neglected for months in the facility’s morgue.
A whistleblower told Fox News that staff members at the embattled VA hospital had the resources available to secure speedy and proper burials for veterans who died at the clinic, but VA employees neglected the bodies anyway.
“Some veteran’s remains have been left in our hospital morgue for 45 days or more until they are stacked to capacity at times,” the whistleblower said.
The Hines facility has already taken fire for ignoring a cockroach infestation and creating long wait times for veterans.
Sen. Mark Kirk’s office said that, at least once, “a body had liquefied and the bag burst when staff had attempted to move it.”
Policy in the county where the Hines VA hospital is located stipulates that before arranging a burial, unclaimed bodies are to be embalmed and frozen for a month while the coroner attempts to locate family members. But Kirk’s office said no medical examiners or embalmers work at the Hines hospital.
A spokesman for the facility denied the allegations in a statement.
H/T: Washington Examiner