AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Administrators at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta say they've hired additional staff and have eliminated a backlog of more than 5,000 gastrointestinal consultations. Chairman of the House Committee on Veteran's Affairs, Rep. Jeff Miller, and other lawmakers visited the facility on Monday. Miller, a Florida Republican, is leading congressional oversight of the facility along with Georgia Reps. Phil Gingrey, John Barrow and Paul Brown.
The newspaper reported that three cancer patients died and four others were seriously harmed because of delays in the facility's gastrointestinal program. Miller says he sees extra staff as a step in the right direction, but is concerned that those who were responsible for issues at the facility haven't faced serious enough consequences.