VA Doctor Accountability Focus of New Bill

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –  A Fayetteville VA pathologist is accused of being impaired on the job. 

Investigators say at least one death resulted from a misdiagnosis by the doctor. 

Now federal lawmakers are taking notice. 

U.S. Senator from Arkansas John Boozman is sponsoring a bill that would increase oversight of VA doctors. 

The doctor in the Fayetteville case was allowed to return to work after being found to be impaired on the job. 

He was fired after being caught a second time. 

The VA sent out 20,000 letters alerting patients. 

“We’ve also been monitoring the VA, making sure that those individuals are being dealt with in a timely fashion,” says Sen. John Boozman (R-AR). 

Both the House and Senate passed bills with Boozman’s reforms included. 

Once the bills are signed into law, as expected, the VA will have 90 days to prepare and submit a response plan. 

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