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Deaths at Atlanta VA hospital prompt scrutiny

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By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Four deaths at the Atlanta VA Medical Center mark the latest in a series of problems plaguing Veterans Affairs, prompting outrage from officials and congressional scrutiny of the largest integrated health care system in the country.

In recent years, there've been inquiries into the Pittsburgh VA system after five people died of Legionnaire's disease and the Buffalo, N.Y., VA hospital where at least 18 veterans tested positive for hepatitis. At a VA facility in Mississippi, whistleblower complaints include improper sterilization procedures and radiology tests left unread.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller is chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. He has already visited the Atlanta VA Medical Center and plans a second field hearing to air concerns about patient care. He's also drafted legislation addressing the VA's mental health coverage.

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