North Texas Health Care System Included In House Hearing On VA Deaths

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Department of Veterans Affairs official told a House committee Monday he did not think ongoing problems reported at the North Texas Health System and other facilities are systemic. Committee members aggressively questioned VA officials though for a system characterized as rewarding personnel instead of holding them responsible for mistakes.

At one point in the hearing in Pittsburgh, VA undersecretary Robert Petzel couldn’t answer a question on what carried more weight in performance reviews, preventable deaths or meeting data goals. Committee chair Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., said he could make that judgment. It was unconscionable he said that bonuses would be awarded to anybody that had a death occur on their watch.

The North Texas system was one of five included in the hearing, along with facilities in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, N.Y., and Jackson, Miss. The committee has focused on bonuses received…

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