A dentist at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wisconsin exposed nearly 600 veterans to infectious diseases including HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C, according to VA administrators.
The Tomah VA says it's in the process of notifying 592 veterans that they may be infected after the dentist failed to properly sterilize his equipment from October 2015 through October 2016.
The VA is offering free screenings to those veterans and will provide free medical treatment to those who test positive for an infection.
The dentist has been removed from patient care and is now working in an administrative role.
On "The Kelly File" tonight, Pete Hegseth, who's rumored to be on President-elect Donald Trump's shortlist for VA secretary, said this is more evidence that the agency needs system-wide reworking.
"It is a systemic failure at a bureaucracy that can't care for veterans because of a single-payer, top-down, government-run system that puts the bureaucracy in front of the veteran," Hegseth said.
"The answers are there. You just have to have the courage to fight for it against the entrenched interests in Washington."
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