"They need to get adequate supplies of applesauce, which is needed for patients who cannot swallow and need to take their medicine," Filner explained. "It took them two-and-a-half years to get applesauce to serve the patients, and you can multiply that hundreds of times."
After having some discussions with nurses and other employees at the VA hospital, Filner said he discovered that some staff members who had brought in their own applesauce for the veterans were punished if they were caught, according to the news provider.
On his last day as chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Filner recently toured the medical center with fellow Democrat Russ Carnahan of St. Louis. The two Congressmen said that they expect to receive a comprehensive report on the problems plaguing the medical center by springtime.
According to its Web site, the John Cochran Division of the St. Louis VA Medical Center is located in close proximity to St. Louis University and Washington University, its affiliated medical schools.