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Wait times at NC VA Hospitals still struggling

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

Veterans in North Carolina are still facing some of the longest waiting times in the country to get the care they need.

New numbers for June involving Veteran Affairs hospitals across the state show little improvement since May’s numbers were released.

In fact, some of the numbers at the Durham and Fayetteville VAs have gotten worse.

Both hospitals were able to schedule more veterans this go around.

In Durham, the average wait time stayed consistent from 64 to 62 days. Mental health patient wait times had a big drop from 104 days to 61 days.

However, the total number of veterans who have to wait more than 120 days increased, from 192 to nearly 900.

At the Fayetteville VA, the average wait time increased from 83 to 91 days, the second longest in the country. Mental health patient wait times went from 27 to 28 days.

The total number of veterans waiting more than 120 days for care at the Fayetteville Va jumped from 112 to more than 600.

The VA said its goal is to see patients in 14 days.

The hospitals will be releasing new wait time data every two weeks.

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