Congressional Panel To Analyze VA Hospital Mishaps

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Congress wants to hear from the Department of Veteran Affairs about why patients were put at risk of exposure to HIV and other infectious diseases at three VA hospitals.

The VA has recommended more than 10,000 former patients at the hospitals in Florida, Tennessee and Georgia get blood checks after improperly operated or cleaned endoscopic equipment was used. Five have tested positive for HIV and nearly 40 have tested positive for hepatitis.

The VA's inspector general is currently investigating. A House subcommittee has set a hearing date for the middle of next month to figure out what caused the problems and what the VA has done to fix them.

Tennessee Congressman Phil Roe is among lawmakers who called for an immediate investigation. The Republican says he finds the problem disturbing to him on "so many levels."


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