Veteran never received VA cardiology appointment that could have ‘forestalled’ his death
A new investigation into whistleblower allegations leveled against the Department of Veterans Affairs reveals another veteran has died in part due to VA negligence, as the patient in question never received a cardiology exam that could have saved his life.
The Office of Health Care Inspections “found that this patient never received an appointment for a cardiology exam that could have prompted further definitive testing and interventions that could have forestalled his death,” according to a new report from the VA inspector general.
That audit produced a better record than investigators expected, having been given a list that suggested 87 patients had died while waiting for care. But the audit substantiated other allegations, including claims that the staff at a VA facility in Phoenix, Ariz., “inappropriately discontinued” dozens of consultations and that thousands of patients have been waiting for longer than 30 days to see a doctor.
“More than two years after the Phoenix VA Health Care System became ground zero for VA’s wait-time scandal, many of its original problems remain, and this report is proof of that sad fact,” House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., said in response to the report.
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