Senate panel to probe VA errors

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 4:20 PM
Last updated 4:42 PM
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A U.S. Senate committee will ask Department of Veterans Affairs officials how mistakes at three hospitals in the Southeast possibly infected patients with HIV and hepatitis.

The Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs has set a June 24 hearing for VA officials to talk about mistakes with endoscopic equipment that possibly exposed patients to infectious body fluids at Augusta; Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and Miami. An earlier report said the hearing would be June 28.

A House Committee on Veterans' Affairs subcommittee last week set a June 16 hearing on the VA mistakes.

The VA has warned more than 10,000 former patients at the three hospitals to get follow-up blood checks. Five have tested positive for HIV, and 43 have tested positive for hepatitis.

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