More Veterans Die Needlessly in Phoenix VA

More Veterans Die Needlessly in Phoenix VA

October 5, 2016

A New Inspector General report has found 215 deceased patients who had open specialist consultations on the date of death.

According to the IG report at least 1 Veteran "never received an appointment for a cardiology exam that could have prompted further definitive testing and interventions that could have forestalled his death.

According to AZ Central:

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"The VA OIG has conducted six Phoenix inquiries during the past two years. The latest was launched after an employee filed multiple accusations with the House Committee. That included claims that patients died awaiting care and staffers canceled appointments to hide the fact that veterans had died while appointments were pending."

Most of the problems from two years ago remain, including scheduling nightmares and ineffectual changes in leadership.

The Phoenix VA yesterday faced an almost united chorus from the AZ Congressional delegation.

Surely this time, some real action will be taken to fix the system?

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