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Controversial Veterans' Administration Leader Retires

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There is fallout from the recent investigations into delayed care at the Norwood VA Medical Center that resulted in the deaths of three Veterans.  A key administrator has left the government agency. WJBF News Channel Six's Dee Griffin has the story.

As a cloud of scrutiny looms, the Veterans' Administration is taking action to straighten out a road of errors in an effort to move forward.

An investigation revealed three Veterans died after they were not promptly diagnosis and treated for GI related issues.

According to reports, during the same time, the VA experienced a high amount of backlogs in GI patients. During that time, the woman at the helm of the Norwood VA Medical Center was Rebecca Wiley. In December of 2010, she was reassigned to the Dorn VA in Columbia, South Carolina which has since come under fire for six deaths due to delays in care.

Last week, during a news conference, when asked about repercussions for the deaths, the current Director of the Norwood VA Medical Center acknowledged a course of action was in motion.  Director Robert Hamilton said, "there has been some administrative action taken but it really isn't appropriate for me to share much more than that."

WJBF News Channel Six has learned that Wiley has retired from the VA.  On Tuesday, WJBF shared Venus Cain's husband's experience with the VA.

After complaining of pain for months, he was finally diagnosed with cancer in January of 2012. He died thirty days later. "I hate the VA with everything in me for putting me through and my family and other family members through hell. Because they didn't care," Cain cried.

In response to recent viewers speaking out with stories of mistreatment and delayed diagnosis, the Norwood VA has issued a statement saying "We provide patient advocate support for all questions and concerns. Should Veterans want to express a concern, we welcome the opportunity to help. Veteran feedback helps us improve in how we deliver healthcare.

As we reported yesterday, Congressman John Barrow has requested a Congressional Hearing into the lack of proper care at the VA.

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