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June 24, 2009

Senators Akaka & Burr Call for VA Changes Due to Repeated Endoscopy Failures

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — veteranclaims @ 2:43 pm

<a href= “http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h7Q_BB0OpsIswSFhXtUtnrBRl5UgD9912KSO1”>Top senator calls for structural changes at VA</a>

By BEN EVANS – 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee [Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii] is calling for more centralized control of the VA medical system after recent breakdowns in cleaning colonoscopy equipment exposed thousands of veterans to the risk of contracting HIV and other infections.

Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, noted that the VA has issued a string of safety alerts for endoscopic equipment since 2003, yet mistakes have persisted. He said the system’s culture must change.

The Associated Press

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