Docs Link VA Wait Times to Patients' Deaths

Agency continues to attempt to deflect


The VA health-care scandal took its latest troubling turn Wednesday at a hearing of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, where two VA whistleblowers sat next to Griffin as they picked apart his office's report, which found no link between delayed care and patient deaths.

"As a physician reading this report, I disagree," Katherine Mitchell, medical director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System's Iraq and Afghanistan Post-Deployment Center, said in her testimony.

In submitted written testimony, Mitchell went further: "I believe the OIG case review overlooked actual and potential causal relationships between health care delays and veteran deaths."