A federal investigation into VA care and safety at a veterans hospital in Virginia is set to continue next week.
U.S., VA officials said they’re confident the investigation will not find evidence of wrongdoing.
But lawmakers are asking for more answers.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) sent a letter Thursday to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres demanding a full investigation into allegations of fraud and abuse at VA hospitals.
The letter also asked for an investigation into the “systemic and egregious” problems at the Virginia facility and the way VA employees treated veterans.
The Virginia Department of Health Services has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Thompson said in the letter that the VA has “failed to protect its patients and employees from the risks of a potentially fraudulent care system.”
The letter, signed by 20 other House members, comes as lawmakers are considering legislation that would require the VA to make an “investigative report” of allegations of safety problems at VA facilities.
The House and Senate are expected to vote on the legislation this week.
In its first year of operation, the VA opened a new Veterans Health Administration hospital in Clarksburg, Va., in March 2019.
In April 2019, the agency announced it would close the facility in Louisville, Ky., after a fatal shooting at the VA hospital there.