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Fourth California Prison Fails Health Review; 7 Passed Test

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(AP) - California's inspector general is giving a failing grade to medical care at a fourth prison as the state tries to regain responsibility after a decade of federal control.

Inspectors reported Monday that they found basic problems with nursing, record-keeping and medications at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla.

They say one inmate almost died when he went untreated for three weeks for a blood problem.

The medium-security prison houses nearly 3,400 inmates about 40 miles northwest of Fresno.

Joyce Hayhoe, a spokeswoman for the federal receiver who runs the prison health care system, says officials are fixing the problems.

The inspector general previously found that prisons in Bakersfield, Susanville and Vacaville have inadequate care.

Seven other prisons have received passing grades and one, in Folsom, has been returned to state control.