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Rep. John Barrow calls for investigation at Charlie Norwood VA radiology department

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Rep. John Barrow has called on the acting inspector general of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate potential wrongdoings in Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center’s radiology department.

Barrow’s request followed a report by a local NBC affiliate that raised allegations that a doctor in the radiology department misread patient scans and ordered “unnecessary, and often invasive medical, procedures,” according to a letter Barrow sent Wednesday to Acting Inspector General Richard J. Griffin.

An anonymous letter to WAGT detailed misconduct of Dr. Katherine Mathews, a radiologist at Charlie Norwood. In an interview with the station, Mathews defended her work reading medical scans and instead brought forward new allegations that the hospital spent money on a PET-CT scanner that went unused for a year. The department also had a backlog of more than 500 ultrasounds, she said.

Mathews told the station the anonymous letter was retaliation for speaking up when the department was mismanaged.

Allegations surrounding the radiology department are the latest accusations of inadequate care at Charlie Norwood. It has been involved in an ongoing investigation by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs since 2013 for three veteran deaths in 2012 caused by excessive delays in its gastrointestinal program.

The Augusta medical center, however, is not one of 26 Department of Veterans Affairs facilities under investigation in connection with recent complaints about falsified records and treatment delays, which prompted the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Friday.

According to Barrow’s letter, Charlie Norwood’s radiology department needs an investigation similar to other reviews underway at VA facilities across the nation.

“These allegations, if true, represent serious breaches of public trust, not just for our veterans, but for all Americans,” he wrote in the letter.

Barrow’s mailing to Griffin included the anonymous letter and a transcript of WAGT’s report.

“This issue is far too serious for us to overlook,” he said.

Charlie Norwood spokesman Pete Scovill said he could not comment on Barrow’s letter.

Mathews told WAGT she is on paid leave because of a pending lawsuit she filed against the medical center.

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Pops
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Pops 06/05/14 - 06:57 pm
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John Barrow has been

in the news a lot lately.......real concerned guy......concerned about getting re-elected, that is...........

pgapeach2
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pgapeach2 06/05/14 - 07:39 pm
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While he's looking into that

He also needs to look into employees violating the patients privacy act. Having been a victim myself I know its being done and the head of IT is looking out for her coworkers.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/05/14 - 09:10 pm
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Barrow's only concern is

Barrow's only concern is VOTES and to make himself look like he actually does something for his salary.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/05/14 - 10:42 pm
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I hate being so cynical, but

I hate being so cynical, but based on Barrow's history of standing up for right only when it didn't matter, and pandering to conservatives with his hokey gun commercials, I don't believe he is after anything but votes.

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 06/06/14 - 01:08 am
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How did

How did this guy get elected in the first place? I think there should be an investigation into THAT!! What a goober!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/06/14 - 06:40 am
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Why...

months and months of silence and inaction (or support of Obama), and now the rush of concern for voters...er, sorry, veterans? Methinks I smellest an election in the air!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/14 - 06:47 am
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Did His Granddaddy Die At The VA?

I was waiting for him to work in the lynching his granddaddy stopped using the family rifle.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 06/06/14 - 07:12 am
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We are

already on a different scandal...Barrow needs to keep up.

AFjoe
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AFjoe 06/06/14 - 08:11 am
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Like minds

Funny after reading all the comments that was the same thing I was thinking soon as I saw the headlines.
I saw Barrow throw out the first pitch at a GreenJackets game once. It was a screwball and outside to the left.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 06/06/14 - 08:28 am
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BARROW
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The fact that Barrow ever got elected should show that most Augusta voters fall into that low information voter category. Three years and you hear nothing from this pandering politician but come election time it's become a weekly thingy.

GuyGene
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GuyGene 06/06/14 - 09:20 am
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I hope...

As a vet who uses Augusta VA, I just hope he is truly concerned and not just for votes.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 06/06/14 - 09:35 am
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how about investigations in

how about investigations in irs scandal, nsa, bengahzi, the current prisioner swap,..doctoring labor reports b/4 2012 election...lies about obumler care...the list can go on and on...where your concern...these all affect your district and our country...how about the unsustainable debt piled up over the last 7 years by your democratic prez...where the heck are you??????????????????????

afadel
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afadel 06/06/14 - 09:53 am
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When are we going to the warmongers?

Whatever crimes personnel at the VA hospitals have committed, they pale in comparison to the people who lied the USA into two unnecessary wars and occupations & overburdened the entire VA system. When's Barrow going to support those investigations? Oh, wait, he voted to fund all those wars.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/06/14 - 10:43 am
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Lied?

Can you name them afadel?

northeastbeast
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northeastbeast 06/06/14 - 11:08 am
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the va is to broken to fix

The va has way to many problems to fix. They need to shut the va down and give vets id cards to go to good hospitals and doctors. Augusta has several good hospital that all combined dont have the problems that 1 downtown charlie norwood hospital has.

burninater
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burninater 06/06/14 - 02:39 pm
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Lied?

Iad1, for one example, General Powell certainly felt that he was misled into presenting false information to the UN.

Many sober-minded individuals on both sides of the aisle agree his feelings on the matter are fully justified.

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edcushman 06/06/14 - 05:25 pm
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"Iad1, for one example,
Unpublished

"Iad1, for one example, General Powell certainly felt that he was misled into presenting false information to the UN"
burn, Powell is an obvious racist so why would we even consider any thing he says. He would lie to achieve his racist
agenda.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/06/14 - 08:48 pm
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Northeastbeast, you mean,

Northeastbeast, you mean, like Medicare?

No, that is NOT a good idea.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/06/14 - 08:49 pm
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My father was a veteran, so I

My father was a veteran, so I am very pro-veteran.

But the problems with the VA are because they made it so that any veteran, any time, for any reason, any medical problem, could get free care.

And that's not right, and that's what has broken the system. It needs to go back to service-connected issues only.

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