Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will attend a House Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building entitled "Sacred Obligation: Restoring Veteran Trust and Patient Safety,"which will look into improper sterilization techniques at 3 VA facilities including the MiamiVA. The Committee will discuss the VA's response to these recent including standardized reprocessing for reusable medical equipment, systematic ways of limiting the activities of suspect practitioners before patients are put at risk, and risk management and notification processes for veteran patients.
Ros-Lehtinen said: "While I continue to worry for theveterans potentially affected by this horrific event, I am pleased to see the VA Committee continuing to exercise its oversight role and investigate the administration's current policies. The previous lack of care from the VA has cast doubt that our veterans are receiving the quality care which they deserve. I hope that this hearing will shed light on the critical reform needed to ensure accountability within the VA and restore trust to our veterans."