Report details problems at Columbia VA hospital

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A new report details a number of problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Columbia, ranging from issues with scheduling surgical procedures to operating rooms not always being stocked with backup surgical instruments.

The agency Inspector General's report issued Thursday says William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center did not adequately staff operating rooms or monitor patient care closely enough.

Officials also say Dorn has a "fragmented and inconsistent" infection control problem and rarely follows up to ensure problems are solved.

Dorn officials did not immediately comment on the report, which comes months after another report linking six deaths to delayed screenings for colorectal cancer at Dorn. That report said Dorn fell behind with its screenings because critical nursing positions went unfilled for months.

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