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VIDEO: House committee holds hearing in preventable Veterans Affairs deaths

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The House Committee on Veterans Affairs demanded answers Wednesday at a hearing on curbing the number of preventable deaths at Veterans Affairs facilities.

Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., is appalled. "There is no excuse for these incidents to have ever occurred," Miller said.

According to critics, delays in cancer screening at VA hospitals led to the deaths of many patients nationwide. Many of the deaths, according to Miller, resulted from delays in gastrointestinal care.

One VA doctor, Dr. Thomas Lynch, admitted flaws in the system. "We observed that there were flaws in our consult process," Lynch said, "that allowed consults to remain open or unresolved."

The Committee and the Department of Veterans Affairs say they will work together to cut the number of preventable deaths among veterans in the future.

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