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Sen. Hagan comments on VA Hospital investigation

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The scandal surrounding VA facilities continues as 42 facilities, including one in Durham, are now under investigation amid allegations of long wait times and preventable deaths.

An interim report, released by the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, focused on the Phoenix Hospital where the scandal broke. But, the report found inappropriate scheduling practices are not isolated to the Phoenix center.

US Senator Kay Hagan released a statement on the VA Inspector General Report.

"I am outraged by the findings detailed in the Inspector General’s interim report released today. When allegations of serious misconduct at the Phoenix VA hospital and others around the country originally came to light, I said we need a full investigation to determine the facts and hold people accountable,” said Senator Hagan.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chair, Jeff Miller, led a tense hearing Wednesday night, pressing VA Officials for more information.

“Veterans died. Get us the answers please,” said Miller.


In Phoenix alone, investigators discovered 17,000 veterans who were waiting for a primary care appointment, but weren’t placed on the electronic waiting list, putting them at risk of being lost or forgotten.

Arizona Senator John McCain says the White House should take action if VA Secretary Eric Shinseki doesn’t resign voluntarily.

Senator Hagan also called for Shinseki to step down in her statement.

“Now that some of the most serious allegations have been confirmed by the independent investigation, we can no longer put our faith in the current VA leadership’s ability to fix these problems,” said Hagan. “Secretary Shinseki has served our country honorably over many decades, but in the interest of regaining the trust of our veterans, and implementing real and lasting reforms, I believe it is time for him to step aside and allow new leadership to take the helm at the VA to correct these failings immediately."


The Inspector General’s Office is now reviewing charts and autopsies to see if wait times contributed to any deaths.

The full investigation is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014.


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