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Alexandria VA complaint protest

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PINEVILLE, LA (KALB News Channel 5) - Emotions were running high outside the Alexandria VA Medical Center, as families who have lost their loved ones joined together in protest. Negligence is their claim and demonstrators say a serious investigation is needed.

Floyd Hamilton III has spent the last 9 years fighting for his deceased father, who was treated by Dr. Shivani Negi at the Alexandria VA Medical Center. 

"My father was a bronze star recipient.. he put it on the line. He did his job, why couldn't the doctor at this hospital do theirs. I'm only one person, but I'm one with the facts that can counter the corruption," said Hamilton.

Since his father's passing, Floyd has filed a lawsuit claiming medical malpractice against Dr. Negi. In March -- the U.S. District Court decided in Negi's favor. Since then, Floyd has appealed the decision, and he's gained support from others, who have had similar experiences with Dr. Negi. That includes doctors like Velva Boles, who has spent time working at the VA. 

"I can tell you from professional point of view there are at least three cases where I know a patient either died or did poorly because of her decisions," said Boles.

Dr. Boles says the VA has done wonderful things in the past, but there are negative situations that do need to come to light. 

Boles said, "I knew the protocol, I knew what wasn't acceptable and when I made a report they simply told me it was a personality issue and no investigation was done."

Hamilton's case against Negi has even made it to the national level. Senator Mary Landrieu and Representative Vance McAllister have both asked acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson to reopen the case. But that has yet to be decided. 

News Channel Five's Noelle Bellow is working to obtain a copy of Dr. Boles' complaint. We also contacted the VA Medical Center and were told since this is an active case currently under appeal, there would be no comment.

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