VA Hospitals In Salisbury And Asheville Are Under Fire

The commission that gave a ``Gold Seal of Approval'' to the VA hospital in Salisbury has questions following disclosure of suspicious deaths at the medical center.

The Joint Commission accredits most U.S. hospitals. It gave its approval to the Salisbury center without knowing about death and allegations of poor care.

The commission didn't ask about those potential problems and the VA didn't disclose them. Instead, the commission learned about the problems at Salisbury as well as the Asheville VA center, from The Charlotte Observer.

Commission team have signed off on the Salisbury hospital for several years and didn't know the hospital's managers had been told about problems by independent consultants and VA investigators.

Congressional hearing are scheduled April 19 on the Salisbury hospital.