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Sam Baker Oct 11
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Report: VA hid records of serious medical errors

The VA allegedly kept critical safety information secret, ((AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Doctors and nurses with a history of serious medical errors were allowed to quietly leave the Veterans Affairs system, and the VA did not disclose their troubling track records as they entered private practice, according to a USA Today investigation.

Why it matters: The behavior USA Today uncovered happened around the same time President Obama was embarking on a high-profile housecleaning of the department, and raise new questions about how well the VA tries to protects patients, as opposed to its own reputation.