New staff to treat inmates after jail explosion

County investigating allegations at jail about wait times for medical attention

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PENSACOLA, Fla. - 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.

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