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VA watchdog releases reports on wait-time manipulations

6 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Monday, February 29 2016 Feb 29, 2016 February 29, 2016 4:44 PM February 29, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Matthew Daly

WASHINGTON - Reports documenting scheduling problems and wait-time manipulation at the Department of Veterans Affairs are being made public, as the agency's internal watchdog bows to pressure from members of Congress and others to improve transparency.

The VA's Office of Inspector General released 11 reports Monday outlining scheduling problems and manipulation of records at VA hospitals and clinics in Florida. The reports are the first of 77 investigations to be made public over the next few months.

The reports document chronic delays for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the long waits. Intentional misconduct was substantiated in 51 of 77 completed investigations.

The scandal emerged in Phoenix nearly two years ago but soon spread nationwide, prompting an outcry in Congress.

Reports released Monday were all completed in 2014.

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