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Family members want answers in deaths of vetransSubmitted: 03/31/2015
TOMAH - Whistleblowers and family members of veterans who died at a Tomah Department of Veterans Affairs medical center say they want lawmakers to enforce accountability and reform the hospital.



A pair of U.S. House and Senate committees heard testimony Monday regarding allegations that doctors at the the medical center overprescribed narcotics to patients and then retaliated against workers who spoke out against the practice.

The facility in west-central Wisconsin came under scrutiny in January following reports that physicians were prescribing more painkillers than most doctors at VA hospitals, and that employees who spoke out against the practice were subjected to intimidation.

The hospital is the subject of multiple investigations.

The deaths of 74-year-old Thomas Baer, of Marshfield, last month; 35-year-old Jason Simcakoski, of Stevens Point in 2014; and 27-year-old Jacob Ward, of Milwaukee in 2013, prompted state representatives to call for a federal probe.




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