Augusta, GA -
The Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs will be in Augusta in January to look into what is being called preventable veteran deaths at the Charlie Norwood Medical Center. Rep. Jeff Miller (FL) will be leading the congressional oversight visit in Augusta as well as in Columbia, SC.
The issue of delays in care that resulted in the deaths first came about after a hearing that revealed more than 4500 unresolved gastroenterology consults at the center as well as a backlog of almost 3000 GI consults in Columbia, SC. Earlier today Georgia 12th District Congressman, John Barrow, released a statement regarding the oversight investigation.
“There’s no question that someone dropped the ball at the Charlie Norwood VA when it came to providing the best care for our nation’s veterans,” said Congressman Barrow. “We need to get to the bottom of what went wrong so we can prevent it in the future – we owe that to our service men and women. I’m looking forward to welcoming Chairman Miller to Augusta, and I hope that this visit provides the answers we need.”
Earlier this month, Congressman Barrow made a formal request for reports of a delay in care at the Charlie Norwood VA that led to the deaths of at least three veterans. There will be briefings during each of the oversight visits which will include VA officials outlining the steps leaders have taken to address problems with delays in care and hold accountable VA employees and executives who may be responsible for allowing patients to slip through the cracks.