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Probe Continues into VA Hospital Delays

WASHINGTON  (AP/SCRN/WVOC) - A vote is set for Wednesday in the U.S, House on legislation that would make it easier to remove or demote executives and administrators at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The agency is undergoing a shakeup after investigations found some of its hospitals manipulate waiting lists to hide seriously long delays. 

Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia has had its own problems – specifically, waits for colon cancer screenings.

Federal audits found the deaths of some South Carolina vets may be due to those delays.

Two members of Congress toured the hospital Friday.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham says veterans should have a chance for treatment at other locations when there's a delay.

"Here's what I'm going to propose:  That every veteran have a choice that they do not have today.  That they get a card that would be accepted anywhere in the country, and if they want to come to Dorn, they're welcome to come.  But if they want to go somewhere else, they can go somewhere else," Graham said.

Both Graham and Congressman Joe Wilson say they do not believe there was a cover-up in South Carolina as there was in Arizona, but they note that problems do exist.

 

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