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Long-Term-Care Patients Need Advocate

One of Gov. Rick Scott's first moves when he took office was to oust Brian Lee, a strong advocate for nursing-home patients who for seven years had headed the office of the Long-Term-Care Ombudsman. That was a big mistake, the Orlando Sentineleditorial board says. Another was Scott's choice to replace Lee -- a favorite of the industry, Harold Crochet.

Now Crochet is out, after falling under a cloud (still unspecified), and the deputy director has retired. So the hundreds of volunteers in the program are leaderless.

The Sentinel urges Scott to appoint a strong consumer advocate to give voice to the 150,000 voiceless nursing-home patients in the state.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.