U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he's met with doctors from a suburban Chicago veterans hospital who tell him "boxes and boxes" of echocardiograms went unread for weeks and that some patients died in the interim. It's the latest allegation to surface from the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital to the west of Chicago. It's one of the VA facilities under scrutiny after allegations first surfaced in Phoenix about efforts to cover up long wait times for patients seeking appointments. At a news conference in Chicago, the Republican senator declined to identify the two doctors to protect them from any retaliation. A Hines spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an email and voicemail seeking comment. Alongside Kirk, VA social worker Germaine Clarno told of efforts to intimidate those speaking out.
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