VA leaders to explain hospital equipment errors

updated 1:24 p.m. ET, Sun., June 14, 2009

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – After months of health worries for more than 10,000 veterans, officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs are expected to face a congressional panel Tuesday and explain how mistakes at three hospitals in the Southeast may have exposed patients to HIV and other infectious diseases.  “Somebody is going to have to take responsibility,” said U.S. Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs’ oversight and investigation subcommittee.  The subcommittee scheduled Tuesday’s hearing in Washington to discuss the endoscopic equipment mistakes at VA hospitals in Miami, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Augusta, Ga., with top agency officials and to receive a yet-unreleased report by the VA’s inspector general.


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