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June 12, 2013

Isakson calls for hearing on Atlanta VA hospital

ATLANTA — U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is calling for a hearing on the Atlanta VA Medical Center after two federal audits earlier this year detailed allegations of mismanagement of mental health programs and poor patient care linked to three deaths.

The Georgia Republican said Wednesday he has requested the Senate VA Committee hold a field hearing in Atlanta in August.

Isakson says it's "imperative that the committee follows up with the VA in a public forum to address the problems at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and any progress the VA has made in improving the mental health care provided in all of their facilities."

Earlier, Isakson and Sen. Saxby Chambliss sent letters to the VA secretary seeking information about what steps have been taken to address problems cited in the audits.

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