Lawmaker Seeks Probe Into Allegations That San Diego VA Conducted Unapproved Liver Research On Alcoholic Veterans
Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego), who serves on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, has requested hearings over the whistleblowers' allegations. “It looks like the VA may have known about this for awhile while it was happening and didn't act fast enough to stop it,” Peters said.
Congressional Hearings Sought Into San Diego VA Human Research
Rep. Scott Peters on Monday requested a congressional hearing into allegations of dangerous human research at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, as detailed in an inewsource investigation last week. If Peters’ request is granted, Congress will investigate the allegations of two whistleblowers — Martina Buck and Mario Chojkier — who said former San Diego VA division chief Dr. Samuel Ho performed unapproved liver research on alcoholic veterans without their consent, putting their lives at risk. (Racino, 11/27)
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Army Reserve Maintenance Facility Deemed ‘Unsafe’ By OSHA
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration notified the U.S. Army Reserve 63rd Regional Support Command on Nov. 16 of unsafe working conditions at a south Sacramento maintenance facility after an employee was crushed by machinery earlier this year. A civilian employee was killed on the job May 23 when an automatic lifting system on a utility vehicle failed, crushing him between the frame of the vehicle and the bed of a cargo box, according to OSHA documents. (Moleski, 11/27)