Tag: Veterans healthcare

Audit: More than 57,000 patients awaiting initial VA visits

The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. An audit of 731 VA hospitals and clinics says 13 percent of VA schedulers reported supervisors telling them to falsify appointment dates to make waiting times…

Phoenix VA officials on leave over allegations of delays in care

Three officials at the veterans hospital in Phoenix were placed on leave amid allegations that patients may have died because of delays in care. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said the officials include Phoenix Veterans Health Care Center director Sharon Helman and associate Lance Robinson. Officials are investigating allegations that up to 40 patients…