The U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing in September in Pittsburgh to examine the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs' nationwide efforts to stop preventable deaths and medical errors.
Part of the hearing will focus on the 2011 and 2012 Legionnaires' outbreak at the Pittsburgh VA, which was already the subject of a Congressional subcommittee hearing in February in Washington, D.C., that solely focused on the outbreak.
The new hearing, scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 9 in the Allegheny County Courthouse, is titled "A Matter of Life and Death: Is VA Doing All It Can To Stop Veterans From Dying."
The chairman of the VA committee, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has been aggressively questioning VA officials over two issues that he believes are incompatible: a series of preventable suicides, deaths from medical errors and infectious diseases', and the VA's awarding of bonuses to executives despite the problems.
In addition to issues at the Pittsburgh VA, the hearing will focus on events in VAs in Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas and Jackson, Miss.
The hearing will be open to the public.
Sean D. Hamill: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-2579.