Miami Herald, April 20, 2011
A congressional subcommittee will hear testimony May 3 on lax sterilization practices at Miami's Veterans Administration hospital and four others that put tens of thousands of veterans in danger of hepatitis and HIV infection. The hearing, titled "Sacred Obligation: Restoring Veteran Trust and Patient Safety," was requested by U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen after her visit to the Miami VA facility March 23 with U.S. Reps. Frederica Wilson and David Rivera. "It is high time for this nightmare to conclude," Ros-Lehtinen said. "I look forward to participating in the hearing? so we can examine the travesty and injustice committed against our nation's veterans." The hearings, held by the House Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, will focus on VA problems in creating standardized cleaning rules for medical equipment, limiting the activities of suspect medical practitioners and notifying veteran patients who were potentially exposed to infection.