Hundreds of veterans died waiting for care at Phoenix VA hospital, watchdog report finds

October 5, 2016

More than 200 veterans have died while waiting for medical care at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, two years after the facility was at the center of a scandal in which patient records were altered to hide the length of their waiting period.

In a report released Tuesday, the VA Inspector General’s office (OIG) found that 215 deceased patients had open specialist consultation appointments at the Phoenix facility on the day they died. The report also found that one veteran never received an appointment for a cardiology exam “that could have prompted further definitive testing and interventions that could have forestalled his death.”

The Phoenix system was at the center of a national scandal in 2014 when Veterans Affairs internal investigations identified 35 veterans who died while awaiting care. Veterans on secret waiting lists reportedly faced scheduling delays of up to a year.

The revelations led to the resignation of then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Despite two years of reform efforts, the OIG report found that the Phoenix hospital still has “a high number of open consults because … staff had not scheduled patients’ appointments in a timely manner (or had not rescheduled canceled appointments), a clinic could not find lab results, and staff did not properly link completed appointment notes to the corresponding consults.”

7 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • bobnstuff says:

    I know a number of people that use our local VA and the have nothing but praise for it. I do wonder why if they are in such bad shape why don’t they just go to a regular hospital or doctor like non vets do? If my life was at stake I think I wouldn’t just wait around. It would be nice though if congress put the countries money where their mouth is and fund the VA like they actually cared about vets instead of just talking about it. They are fixing the problem by cutting funds. Great fix.

  • Richard Frick says:

    Despicable rotten liberal scum. They pocket the funds and kill the brave. Must be muslims from the obslama clan.

  • Roy Fredrichsen says:

    Its fun-When did you begin believing a known liar who had the audacity to tell all of America that the Benghazi attack ws caused by an anti- Muslim article on the internet which turned out NOT to be true?

  • Rodney Steward says:

    As long as the brown clown is in the house, this will continue, he hates our military and is doing everything possible to destroy them! Everything from not letting them have guns to this, DYING! This change has been hel$ on this country!

  • itsfun says:

    How can that be? Hillary says the problems with the VA are overblown. Could she possibly be wrong?

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  • leewacker says:

    My husband received excellent care at the Phoenix VA Hospital, but, years later, our son tried to get treatment for respiratory problems he had encountered while in the Navy. He was told to return in a certain amount of time, then his condition would be evaluated. He went back, only to be told to return at a later date. He worked for a traveling carnival at the time, therefore was unable to return for the appointment. He was dropped from the hospital’s roster, and was never allowed to sign up for treatments again!

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