The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Iowa

June 4, 2014

Midwest VA hospitals also had secret waiting lists

(Continued)

TOPEKA, Kan. —

"My top priority is who is on that secret list and what is the status of their care?" Roberts said.

The letters were sent to the senators by Francisco Vasquez, director of the Dole medical center, and Dr. William P. Patterson, the director of the VA's Heartland Network. The two senators said they forwarded the information in the letters to the VA's Office of Inspector General.

The letters were first reported Monday by The Wichita Eagle. They both said the practices had been "immediately discontinued" and veterans were being contacted to ensure they are receiving the proper level of care, the letter said. It added that investigations into the issues are "ongoing."

Officials from the Wichita VA didn't immediately respond to questions Tuesday from The Associated Press.

The 61 hospitals or clinics in the VA's Heartland Network serve Kansas, Missouri and parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. The veterans who waited for care longer than 90 days included 14 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri; 12 in Kansas City; eight in a facility serving eastern Kansas and another eight in a facility serving the southern parts of Illinois and Indiana.

Text Only
Iowa
Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

AP Video
Featured Comment
Front page
Featured Ads
Local Radar
Blue Zones Project
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.