Sanders: Changes Needed for Veteran Affairs System

Published 05/15 2014 05:10PM

Updated 05/15 2014 05:38PM

WASHINGTON - The Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) expressed a need for change in the Veterans Affairs system.

It's the first time Secretary Eric Shinseki answered to allegations that veterans died while waiting for care at hospitals across the country. Some lawmakers are calling for Shinseki's resignation, but Sanders isn't there yet.

"Hospital errors that cause death are now the third leading cause of death in America behind cancer and heart disease," Sen. Sanders said. "What does that mean? Have deaths been reported through medical errors in the V-A?  The answer is yes. And every one of those deaths is a shame and something that we have got to address."

Shinseki says as far as he knows, treatment delays and other failings are isolated incidents. The inspector general will investigate whether it is a bigger problem.

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