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Senate probe finds systemic failure at Wisconsin VA facility

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TOMAH, Wis. (AP) -

A U.S. Senate committee probe of health care problems at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center in western Wisconsin has turned up "systemic failures" in an inspector general's review of the facility.

A staff report by the Republican majority of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee released Tuesday finds the VA inspector general's office discounted evidence and testimony. The report says the office also needlessly narrowed its inquiry and has no standard for measuring wrongdoing.

The report says the office's failure to publish results of an investigation into the Tomah facility "compromised veteran care." It also says a culture of fear and whistleblower retaliation continues at the facility.

VA inspectors in 2014 found that doctors were over-prescribing painkillers. The deaths of three patients remain under investigation.

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