Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL 12th District) sent a letter to HCA Florida Bayonet Point Hospital about the allegations brought forth by doctors in a recent NBC News exposé on horrendous conditions at the hospital.
“As a leading healthcare provider in the community and a recipient of American taxpayer dollars, it is critical that HCA Florida Bayonet Point prioritizes the health and safety of their patients and staff and is transparent about these standards with the public,” the letter states.
According to the exposé, cost-cutting at Bayonet has led to significant declines in patient care quality including unsanitary surgical instruments, an overflowing ER, roaches in the OR, inadequate monitoring of ICU patients, and anesthesiology errors.
This is the second letter to be sent by federal lawmakers demanding accountability from HCA – and the lawmakers raising concerns about HCA are bipartisan.
In September, Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) – then Chair of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, calling on the agency to investigate HCA’s emergency department admissions practices based on allegations of Medicare fraud.