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Probe under way in removal of nursing home advocate

March 9, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

WEST PALM BEACH (AP) - The federal government says it's probing the removal of Florida's chief advocate for nursing home residents.

Long-term care ombudsman Brian Lee resigned his post last month after he said he was told he'd be fired if he didn't.

He says the move came after growing tensions with the administration of Gov. Rick Scott.

The federal Administration on Aging, which oversees the ombudsman program under the Older Americans Act, says it is reviewing to see if the law was followed in Lee's dismissal.

Scott is a former health care executive. Critics have blamed the move on his allegiance to the health care industry.



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