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VA Hospital Bars State Inspectors

Two surveyors from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration were denied access to records and escorted out of the VA  Medical Center in Riviera Beach on Thursday when they tried to inspect it,  the Palm Beach Postreported.

AHCA, which inspects private and public hospitals in the state, added VA facilities to the list at the request of Gov. Rick Scott following media reports that veterans were encountering delays in access to diagnostic testing  that in some cases were fatal.

A spokeswoman for the VA said talks were going on with Scott's office to work out an arrangement satisfactory to all parties.

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