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2 Durham VA employees on leave over 'inappropriate scheduling'

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Two emploees at the Durham VA are accused of "inappropriate scheduling practices." (Duke University) Two emploees at the Durham VA are accused of "inappropriate scheduling practices." (Duke University)
DURHAM, N.C. -

The Veterans Health Administration has placed two Durham VA Medical Center employees on administrative leave after learning the employees may have "engaged in inappropriate scheduling practices."

In preparation for an audit, VHA learned on Monday that some employees at the Durham VA "may have engaged in inappropriate scheduling practices at some point between 2009 and 2012."

The audit was scheduled as part of a national audit of patient access and scheduling as directed by Department of Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki.

"A VHA audit team will be on site this week to assess current scheduling practices and determine if inappropriate behavior occurred," the VA said in a statement Monday.

The VA said that if the allegations are found to be true, the scheduling practices do not comply with VHA's policy on Outpatient Scheduling Processes and Procedures.

It was not made immediately clear what sort of scheduling practices the employees may have engaged in.

The latest allegations come as the federal department defends itself against claims of potentially deadly delays at other facilities throughout the nation. CNN previously reported on a secret wait list in Phoenix.

The VA's official policy is that all patients should be able to see a doctor, dentist or some other medical professional within 14 days of their requested/preferred date. But many veterans end up waiting longer and the delays are never reported, veterans and their advocates say.

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