Document reveals deadly delays at VA Med Center in WPB

Two deaths in WPB

Two deaths at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach are being linked to delays in care.

The Veterans Administration Monday released documents indicating the two deaths among five cases reported with delays. The document's summary says the VA first discovered delays at two medical centers and conducted a national review. That review of cases nationwide dating back to 1999 uncovered 76 patients who faced delays and 23 who later died.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson and Governor Rick Scott have been calling on the VA to release information about these deadly delays since media outlets first reported the deaths.

A spokesperson for Sen. Nelson says they've asked the VA for more information regarding the West Palm Beach reports.

Up to this point, the agency wouldn't confirm where the deaths had occurred.

The same document details that a review of the deaths continues to "prevent a similar delay at another VA Medical Center.

Congressional hearings are scheduled this week on the issue.

Governor Rick Scott last week ordered state inspectors to inspect the hospitals.