Statement from state Rep. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) calls for much-needed audits at MDOC

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

           LANSING —  State Rep. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit), Democratic Vice Chair of the Appropriations Corrections Committee, has called for two audits of the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), in light of the woman who nearly bled to death while waiting to receive medical care while suffering a miscarriage. Specifically from the Huron Valley Correctional facility’s obstetric-gynecology procedures and a financial and procedural audit of MDOC’s healthcare services contract. In addition, Rep. Santana issued the following statement:

“No one should be left in a pool of her own blood, to await medical treatment. After this incident, I was shocked to find that Huron Valley Correctional facility has never done an audit of its obstetric-gynecology procedures and it has been three years since the last full audit of MDOC health care services contract. These gaps are unacceptable. Regular reports submitted to the legislature for review, oversight and assessment is necessary to ensure we are good stewards of our state, the funds entrusted to us. The protocol, training, or procedure that prompted this inexcusable delay in medical care needs to be addressed immediately.”