Doctor Who Exposed VA Scandal to Tell Congress That IG Tried to Hide Problems

The doctor who helped expose the VA health care scandal will tell Congress on Wednesday that patients did indeed die because they were stuck on secret waiting lists, and will accuse the department’s inspector general of trying to cover up the problem.

Dr. Sam Foote, who worked on some of the cases himself, says in testimony prepared for a House Veterans’ Affairs hearing that the inspector general repeatedly downplayed facts and minimized the consequences for patients who ended up on the waiting lists, and who eventually died.

VA officials have acknowledged major problems at health facilities throughout the country, including cooked books and patients who had appointments delayed or canceled in order to help supervisors earn bonuses by appearing to be meeting their numerical goals.