Congress opens another VA hearing in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Congressional committee is holding a second hearing on a Legionnaire’s disease outbreak at Pittsburgh’s Veterans Affairs hospitals that killed at least five patients and sickened 21 since 2011.

Monday’s hearing by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will also address issues with the agency in Atlanta, Dallas, Buffalo, N.Y. and Jackson, Miss.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, the Florida Republican who chairs the committee, says the hearing will address preventable patient deaths and other lapses in care at VA medical centers across the country.

Miller says even though VA Inspector General reports have linked some deaths to mismanagement, some executives have been given bonuses up to $63,000.

Monday’s hearing is to determine whether the VA has measures in place to stop the alleged pattern of preventable patient deaths and patient-safety issues.

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