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Scott sues feds for denying access to VA hospitals

Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday he's suing the federal government over the refusal of the Veterans Administration to allow state inspectors to visit VA hospitals. A release from the governor's office said the complaint will be filed in U.S. District Court against VA Secretary Eric Shinseki in an attempt to secure access to VA hospitals by the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

Scott's statement cited reports of deaths, neglect, poor conditions and a secret waiting list at federal VA hospitals in Florida, which he called "unacceptable." He said the lawsuit is necessary to stop the VA's "practice of stonewalling our inspectors."