'Delay in treatment' a factor in more than 100 deaths at VA centers
As controversy swirls around the Veterans Administration over deaths caused by delayed care, an investigation by the Dayton Daily News found that the VA settled many cases that appear to be related to delays in treatment. Read on at Stars and Stripes...
Amid 'systemic' VA problems, House lawmakers grill execs
WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs officials again Wednesday were hammered by House lawmakers to turn over hospital records after an inspector general investigation found inappropriate scheduling practices are "systemic" in the nationwide veterans health care system.
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee charged that the VA has withheld internal records that might illuminate allegations that 40 veterans died because of delays in care at a Phoenix hospital. Read on at Stars and Stripes...
Wenstrup lectures VA for Subpoena Delays
Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) slammed the Department of Veterans Affairs this morning, for dragging their feet in responding to subpoenas seeking answers on the destruction of secret wait lists during a Thursday House Veterans' Affairs Committee meeting.
Wenstrup, a veteran himself, invoked a service member's duty to activate to the front lines in mere days, while VA administrators remain unable, or unwilling, to respond to investigatory subpoenas.
"When I was called to Iraq I got a call on Monday and I was in processing by Thursday, leaving behind my private [medical] practice, changing my life immediately.
"Our veterans do that every day. They are called to make changes in their lives, sacrifices within their family. For these administrators to not be able to comply with us is unheard of, and a slap in the face to our veterans who comply with the wishes of this nation in a moment's notice each and every day.
"The administrators need to take the same approach."
Wenstrup is a veteran of the Iraq War, where he served as a combat surgeon from 2005 to 2006. He continues to serve as a Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserve, drilling at Walter Reed Military Hospital twice a month while in Congress.
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