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Dorn VA on list of facilities being audited

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Tuesday the House Committee on Veterans Affairs threatened legal action if the VA doesn't come forward with documents subpoenaed by Monday. The FBI has been asked to investigate the V-A.

Dorn VAMC was one of 138 Medical Centers that was part of the access audit done May 12th through the 16th. Many of those facilities were flagged for further review because of concerns raised by the audit team.  

WIS found in Columbia fewer than 20% of new patients got to see a doctor within 14 days. The average wait time for most 39 days.  

Congressman Joe Wilson said Tuesday it's been whistleblower staff from Dorn that's called his attention to problems at the facility. Wilson believes new directors who claim they've found no secret waiting lists at Dorn, but says where that has happened, there should be criminal charges.

"I really believe we need to proceed with criminal investigations to find out who has delayed service by having multiple lists," Wilson said. "That is just shocking to find out that people would be so insensitive, so hateful, to come up with a dual list system."

Wilson believes Dorn's change in leadership will help to address problems the facility has had.  Wilson also believes legislation that will hold VA Medical Center Directors accountable should go a long way toward clearing up delay issues.

The Veterans Health Administration has suspended performance awards for this year.

In a statement from Dorn VA Medical Center, they said the, "VA is initiating a coordinated, system-wide initiative to accelerate care to Veterans, called the Accelerating Care Initiative."

Here is the full statement:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is continuing its nationwide audit to ensure a full understanding of VA's scheduling policy and continued integrity in managing patient access to care. VA has taken concrete steps to address the issue, like deleting wait times from any evaluation reports as a measure of success, initiating accountability for senior leadership, and elimination of performance awards for senior VHA leaders for Fiscal Year 2014. 

Most importantly, VA is initiating a coordinated, system-wide initiative to accelerate care to Veterans, called the Accelerating Care Initiative.  VA health care facilities are systematically reviewing clinic capacity in an effort to maximize our ability to provide Veterans medical appointments when, and in the manner they want them.  Where VA cannot increase capacity, VA is increasing the use of care in the community through non-VA care. 

At the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, we take our responsibility seriously of providing quality and timely care and we will continue to improve our programs and services for our Veterans.

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