The voicemail messages left on Gov. Rick Scott’s personal cellphone by a Hollywood nursing home where at least 11 people have died following Hurricane Irma, were deleted, according to the governor’s office. There were a total of four voicemails left during the 36 hours before the first patient died, and they would have been a critical piece of evidence in the ongoing investigation into the patient deaths.
Scott said at no time did anyone from the nursing home suggest there was a crisis or that patients were in danger.In response to CBS4’s request for copies of the voicemails, a spokeswoman with the governor’s office, wrote in an email: “The voicemails were not retained because the information from each voicemail was collected by the Governor’s staff and given to the proper agency for handling.”
In the week leading up to Irma, Gov. Scott held a series of conference calls with emergency managers as well as hospital and nursing home officials. During those conference calls he gave out his cellphone number and said if any of the healthcare centers experienced trouble they should call him at that number and he would work to resolve their problem.
- 36 hours before the first patient died, a Florida nursing home left four voicemails on Florida Gov. Rick Scott's personal cell-phone allegedly asking for help.
- Scott deleted all four voicemails. At least 11 people in total have died at the nursing home.
- Scott denies anyone asked him for help.