(WBEN/CBS) The Buffalo and Batavia Veterans' Affairs Medical Centers are likely to face some Congressional scrutiny - after it was listed in an internal report as being one of the places that gave out big management raises despite some big health care troubles.
Last year, Veterans Affairs gave out nearly $97 million in bonuses. Now, Congress plans to review the bonuses given to VA officials who oversaw hospitals that had problems with patient care. A bonus given the Buffalo-Batavia regional director was one of several examples nationwide cited by the Inspector General:
The Buffalo VA exposed over 700 patients to hepatitis over a two-year period -- by reusing insulin pens. CBS News has learned that during that time, Upstate New York Regional director David West was awarded nearly $26,000 in bonuses.
The Buffalo raise was smaller than others. The VA's top Pittsburgh manager for example received a $62,895 service award for saving the government money on a hospital construction project, and for starting a new infection prevention program, just days after the VA's inspector general found the Pittsburgh VA failed to prevent a Legionnaires Disease outbreak that killed 5 patients.In a statement, the VA said it "takes seriously any issue that occurs at one of our 1,700 facilities," and that veterans are being well served by a caring and effective workforce.
CBS's Elaine Quijano reports.