STATEMENT: Gillum Calls for Independent Investigation into Broward Nursing Home Tragedy
“Today’s reports that the Governor and his Office gave out a special priority phone line – then failed to act when they received distress calls – are highly alarming. I am calling for a full independent investigation into this matter. The investigators must have full access to all public records and transcripts of communications, meetings, and conference calls between the Governor, his Office, and healthcare facilities in preparing for Hurricane Irma.
“In Tallahassee we learned after Hurricane Hermine that communication is vital between first responders, government, and our most vulnerable populations. This year we took the proper steps of assigning utility workers as direct points of contact with nursing homes and other urgent care facilities, and we prioritized their power restoration during Irma.”