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VA Hospital Video Erased

Friend Of Patient Says Surveillance Video Supported Neglect Claim

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The new head of a veteran’s hospital in North Las Vegas says security video sought for a congressional investigation of the treatment of a blind Navy veteran was deleted.

VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Director Isabel Duff told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the video was automatically purged and couldn’t be retrieved.

A VA hospital spokesman didn’t immediately comment Tuesday.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has said his panel was investigating the treatment of 78-year-old Sandra Niccum.

The Review-Journal says Niccum was diabetic and battled a colon disorder before she died Nov. 15 at a hospice.

The investigation began after Niccum’s friend, Dee Redwine, chronicled long waiting room stays without pain medication during Niccum’s evaluation and treatment at the VA center Oct. 22 and Oct. 24.

 

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