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Graham, Wilson discuss ongoing Dorn VA improvements

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South Carolina's Congressional representatives talked with Dorn VA Administrators about face to face audits, among prolonged delays in care at Veterans Affairs facilities nationwide.

After meeting with Dorn administrators about issues of delays both Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Joe Wilson told us they don't believe the issues seen in Phoenix with the secret wait lists are an issue here at Dorn, but they both believe there are issues to address.

Both have continued to hear complaints about delays in care, but they attributed some of that today to a lack of physicians not only here in Columbia but at clinics in Florence. They talked some about the pay rate for physicians. Wilson told us he believes Dorn has already made improvements from when he was here in January, but there needs to be accountability for the VA's medical directors.

"It does provide for basic reforms of employment laws relative to accountability and once we get this through, I'll be calling on the senior senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, and I know he with Tim Scott will follow through," said Wilson.

Graham proposed giving veterans a card that allows them to go outside the VA if the care at their local VA isn't adequate. He said that will force the VA to provide quality care in a timely manner or lose patients.

Congressman Wilson expected the accountability issue to be addressed by Congress in the next month. There's also face to face audits that will happen at VA centers nationwide over the next several weeks, including Dorn.

Administrators said they couldn't talk on camera about those audits but released the following statement:

"At VA, our most important mission is to make sure Veterans know VA is here to care for them and provide the high quality care and benefits they have earned and deserve. Secretary Shinseki has directed the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to complete a nation-wide access review.  The purpose of this review is to ensure a full understanding of VA's policy and continued integrity in managing patient access to care. As part of the review during the next several weeks, a national face-to-face audit will be conducted at all clinics for every VA Medical Center (VAMC)."

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