New staff to treat inmates after jail explosion

Law enforcement officers stand in front of the Escambia County Jail after an explosion caused the evacuation of the facility, Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Pensacola, Fla. Two inmates were killed and mote than 100 others were injured in the explosion according to an Escambia County spokeswoman. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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News Release:Associated Press

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- Escambia County officials have hired a new doctor, several nurses and two mental health agencies to treat prisoners in the wake of a deadly gas explosion at the jail.

County Administrator Jack Brown says the county is investigating allegations that prisoners experienced excessive waits for medical attention or were given over-the-counter painkillers instead of appropriate treatment.

The Pensacola News-Journal ( ) reports several inmates and their family members said prisoners sometimes waited hours for treatment and were allegedly given an aspirin and sent back to their cell.

Under the current contract, nearly three dozen additional medical staff can be brought in and stay as long as needed.

Two inmates died and a corrections officer was paralyzed in the April blast. Nearly 200 other people were injured.

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