Testimony: VA hospital execs may not face punishment for "preventable deaths"

By: Staff
By: Staff

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (WRDW) -- During testimony before Congress on Wednesday, it was revealed that those responsible for delayed health care at veterans affairs medical centers in Augusta and Columbia most likely will not be punished.

During the Veterans Affairs hearing, Dr. Robert Petzel, the VA under secretary of health, said the senior executives that would be held responsible resigned or were removed before disciplinary actions were taken for their involvement in nine cases of preventable deaths in Augusta and Columbia hospitals.

Petzel did not release the names of the officials involved during the testimony, but told the House Committee on Veteran Affairs he would provide more information within the next 30 days.

"The three deaths at the Augusta, Ga. center... Was anyone held accountable for those three preventable deaths?," Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) asked.

"We had a similar situation when a number of people had either retired or resigned," Dr. Robert Petzel, VA Under Secretary of Health said.

Watch the testimony in the video below.

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