UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) – Congressman Richard Hanna says he has known there have been issues with veterans getting in to see a doctor in a timely manner at VA centers around the country, but he says he never thought there could be a problem as bad as what has been reported this week at the VA Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.
A CNN report released this week alleges the facility in Phoenix has been taking horrific measures to cover up its problems when it comes to getting veterans in to see a doctor in a timely manner.
CNN reports that VA Hospital officials knew about a secret list of patients who were waiting for in some case 6 months to 21 months for an appointment with a doctor, and 40 of those vets died in the meantime.
According to the report, once patients where in a 14 day window of getting an appointment, they were then put on the actual list that is sent to Veteran’s Affairs in Washington to make it look like the VA Hospital was reacting to veterans needs much better than it actually was.
Congressman Hanna says he was horrified by the report and believes the officials at the VA Hospital in Phoenix will be held responsible, but he says this is an eye opener and a chance to take a close look at whether this is actually a systemic problem.
Hanna says he is already in communication with the heads of the VA facilities throughout his district, including the VA Outpatient Clinic in Rome and the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, “We’re not here to threaten anybody. Let’s come clean, and find a way to serve these people who served us.”