Veterans

Wait for vets exceeds target at Cheyenne VA

2014-06-09T15:30:00Z 2014-06-09T19:39:02Z Wait for vets exceeds target at Cheyenne VAThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 09, 2014 3:30 pm  • 

CHEYENNE — The wait time for new patients seeking a primary care doctor at the VA Center in Cheyenne is more than 32 days — more than twice the limit the Department of Veterans Affairs had set as a goal, according to a report released Monday by the agency.

The VA facility in Sheridan also exceeded the goal, with an average wait time of over 45 days for new patients to see a doctor. The data was part of a national audit.

The audit found that the Cheyenne VA hospital requires further review. Cheyenne VA spokeswoman Patricia Hill said Monday she couldn't comment without reviewing the findings.

The VA recently abandoned guidelines that veterans should be seen within 14 days of their desired date for a primary care appointment. The department has since said that meeting that target was unattainable given existing resources and growing demand.

According to the audit, 13 percent of VA schedulers across the country reported getting instructions from supervisors or others to falsify appointment dates in order to meet the appointment goals.

The audit follows reports in recent months that patients had died while awaiting medical care at a VA center in Arizona. The audit found long wait times at hundreds of VA hospitals and clinics across the country for patients seeking their first appointments with both primary care doctors and specialists.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., on Monday announced that he had joined 19 Senate colleagues in calling on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate possible criminal wrongdoing at VA medical facilities.

"Evidence of secret waiting times, falsification of records, destruction of documents, and other potential criminal wrongdoing has appalled and angered the nation, and imperiled trust and confidence in the Veterans Health Administration," the senators' letter states.

"While we commend and appreciate the (Inspector General's) pursuit of his inquiry, an effective and prompt criminal investigation must inevitably involve the resources of the Department of Justice, including the FBI," the letter says.

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  1. rigrat
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    rigrat - June 10, 2014 11:24 am
    Sheridan VA is a blathering joke of a mess.The place ought to be mothballed and dismantled.
  2. thehousemouse
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    thehousemouse - June 09, 2014 3:52 pm
    32 days to see a doctor in Wyoming? that's simply not acceptable. If Old governor Mead had not spent the last 2 and half years trying to A) take your vote from you for who runs your schools, wine and dine Microsoft with free land, money and tax breaks for 15 lousy jobs that are not even Wyoming men or women. Pretend to give a darn about EPA overtaking Wyoming with regulations that hurts a man who built a pond but allowed another to poison water in pavilion. I am asking you folks forget the names that seem to trigger a fast response and really remember the DEEDS, when voting in November. Im supporting those who will stand by their oaths and have not been a part of the three ring circus of the last 4 years. " I know some say the constitutional party is strict in their beliefs, but at least they say it up front. Unlike those who promise and do nothing once in office. Im taking a chance this round and not a one will get my vote without proving they mean what they say, How. but saying it in public, loud and clear.
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