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Congress demands action from VA on allegations of doctors with revoked licenses

Congress demands action from VA on allegations of doctors with revoked licenses

Business
Jan. 3 (UPI) -- More than two dozen members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs before the Christmas break demanding the agency take swift action on allegations it has illegally hired doctors with revoked medical licenses.The letter, made public on Tuesday, was signed by 31 members of Congress and sent to the VA following reports that the VA has hired health care providers with revoked licenses for at least 15 years."We need to ensure our nation's veterans receive the highest quality care from the best providers possible," Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., said in a statement. "For the VA to be illegally hiring doctors who failed to meet that standard in their previous jobs is very troubling and absolutely unacceptable."In the letter, members of Congress ask for inf...
North Korea UN ambassador demands US prove ransomware claim

North Korea UN ambassador demands US prove ransomware claim

Technology
North Korea's envoy in charge of U.S. affairs at the United Nations demanded Washington provide evidence to back up its claim Pyongyang was behind the Wannacry ransomware attack, an allegation has said was a "baseless provocation" being used to generate tensions. Pak Song Il told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from New York late Monday that Pyongyang sees the allegation as an effort to create an "extremely confrontational atmosphere." "If they are so sure, show us the evidence," he said. The WannaCry ransomware attack infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service in May. U.S. Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published last week that the U.S. administration had determine...
Brexit supporters list demands for 'divorce bill' talks

Brexit supporters list demands for 'divorce bill' talks

Business
Leading Brexit supporters have urged the prime minister not to settle the UK's "divorce bill" unless the EU agrees to a series of conditions.The Leave Means Leave group, which includes ex-cabinet ministers, says Brussels must end the European Court of Justice's jurisdiction over the UK.It also wants freedom of movement to the UK for EU citizens to stop when Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019.Theresa May is to hold more meetings next week on the terms of the UK exit.The UK is hoping to move on to talking about trade but the EU will only do this when it deems "sufficient progress" has been made on three areas - the so-called divorce bill, the rights of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit and the Irish border.The prime minister has said discussions were continuing over the amount the UK wil...
Rajoy demands clarity from Catalan leader

Rajoy demands clarity from Catalan leader

World
Spain's Prime Minister Rajoy says he has asked Catalan leader to confirm whether or not he has declared independenceThis breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - World
McCain demands accounting from VA on money for private care

McCain demands accounting from VA on money for private care

Health
Sen. John McCain is demanding a full accounting from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the financial status of its private-sector health care program after the agency said it could face another budget shortfall as soon as December. The Associated Press reported this week that the VA had acknowledged its Veterans Choice program could run out of money by year's end despite receiving $ 2.1 billion in emergency funding just last month. Another shortfall could forcethe VA to limit referrals to outside doctors, causing delays in medical care for hundreds of thousands of veterans. In a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin, McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he wants to know specifically when the VA expects Choice to run out of money. McCain cites AP's report, which ...