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At tense VA hearing, doctors link delays to patient deaths

By Heath Druzin, Stars & Stripes:  WASHINGTON — At a heated Congressional hearing Wednesday, two doctors said patient deaths can be linked to delays in care at VA medical centers, a starkly different view than the one painted by an increasingly controversial inspector general’s report.

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., took a hard line in his questioning of acting VA Inspector General Richard Griffin, expressing skepticism about whether the IG was unduly influenced by VA officials.

At one point Miller banged his gavel to stop Griffin from speaking.

“You want the truth?” Griffin shot back.

“You are out of order,” Miller said.

The VA health-care scandal took its latest troubling turn Wednesday at a hearing of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, where two VA whistleblowers sat next to Griffin as they picked apart his office’s report, which found no link between delayed care and patient deaths.  To read entire article, click here:  http://www.stripes.com/news/at-tense-va-hearing-doctors-link-delays-to-patient-deaths-1.303604