October 23, 2017

Lowell Sun: Warren calls for VA probe on Bedford patient's death

BEDFORD -- U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is demanding that the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General expedite its criminal investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of a Bedford VA Medical Center patient.

Warren wrote a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin to express her "extreme concern and outrage" at the death of William R. Nutter Jr., a Vietnam War veteran who died of cardiac arrest last year after allegedly being neglected by a distracted nurse. Warren called for the firing of any employee, including senior administrators, who may have contributed to his death.

Nutter, who served 21 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, died July 3, 2016 at age 68. In a Friday afternoon statement, Warren referred to reports from The Sun and the Boston Globe indicating Nutter's death resulted in part from an aide who was playing video games while on duty instead of monitoring Nutter, who suffered from a heart arrhythmia.

Read more on the Lowell Sun's website here.