VA Investigating Florida Hospital Wait Lists - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

VA Investigating Florida Hospital Wait Lists

Posted: Updated:
CNN CNN

(CNN) -- An audit team sent to the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida, discovered a list of patients needing follow-up appointments that was kept on paper instead of in the VA's electronic computer system.

As a result, the VA's Office of Inspector General has opened an investigation and three members of the Gainesville VA's supervisory staff have been placed on paid leave, pending the outcome of an investigation, VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8) spokeswoman Mary Kay Hollingsworth said Monday.

The latest allegation comes as the Department of Veterans Affairs defends itself against claims of potentially deadly delays at other facilities nationwide.

For six months, CNN has been reporting on delays in medical appointments suffered by veterans across the country and veterans who died or were seriously injured while waiting for appointments and care.

The VA requires its hospitals to provide care to patients in a timely manner, typically within 14 to 30 days.

The most disturbing and striking problems emerged in Arizona last month as inside sources revealed to CNNdetails of a secret waiting list for veterans at the Phoenix VA. Charges were leveled that at least 40 American veterans died in Phoenix while waiting for care at the VA there, many of whom were placed on the secret list.

But even as the Phoenix VA's problems have riveted the nation's attention, numerous whistle-blowers from other VA hospitals across the country have stepped forward.

They described similar delays in care for veterans and also varying schemes by officials at those facilities to hide the delays -- in some cases even falsify records or efforts to "cook the books."

The secret waiting list in Phoenix was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers there who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources who spoke exclusively to CNN.

Phoenix VA officials denied any knowledge of a secret list, and said they never ordered any staff to hide waiting times. They acknowledged some veterans may have died waiting for care there, but they said they did not have knowledge about why those veterans might have died.

CNN has submitted numerous requests for an interview with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki; the secretary has refused them all.

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Baylor Students Killed, Injured in Tuesday Wreck Identified

    UPDATE: Baylor Students Killed, Injured in Tuesday Wreck Identified

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:28 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:28:56 GMT
    (KCEN) -- All four people involved in a fatal crash this morning are from the DFW area, and all are between 18 and 21 years old. A 21-year-old female passenger and a 19-year-old male passenger were killed when the 2003 Dodge truck they were in hit a tree.More >>
    (KCEN) -- All four people involved in a fatal crash this morning are from the DFW area, and all are between 18 and 21 years old. A 21-year-old female passenger and a 19-year-old male passenger were killed when the 2003 Dodge truck they were in hit a tree.More >>
  • 'She Wants Us to Dance': Friends, Teachers Remember Baylor Students Killed in Crash

    'She Wants Us to Dance': Friends, Teachers Remember Baylor Students Killed in Crash

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:26:53 GMT
    Laura, 21, and Jack, 19Laura, 21, and Jack, 19
    (KCEN) – A day after the crash, the loss of two Baylor music students hits friends and classmates hard. The clarinet players were with two others on their way to Baton Rouge Tuesday when the truck they were in hit a tree. Now friends describe the pair in very different ways: one of them outspoken and eccentric, the other quiet and reserved. But both of them were incredibly talented musicians, dedicated to their craft.More >>
    (KCEN) – A day after the crash, the loss of two Baylor music students hits friends and classmates hard. The clarinet players were with two others on their way to Baton Rouge Tuesday when the truck they were in hit a tree. Now friends describe the pair in very different ways: one of them outspoken and eccentric, the other quiet and reserved. But both of them were incredibly talented musicians, dedicated to their craft.
    More >>
  • Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique Opens, Offers Low Cost Dresses

    Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique Opens, Offers Low Cost Dresses

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:39:53 GMT
    (KCEN) – It was a fairy tale grand opening. “It’s exciting. This is really happening,” store owner Keri Byer said. After months of hard work, Keri was finally able to open up her Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique, a non-profit offering dresses and accessories at a low cost. “I think it’s absolutely absurd to miss a formal event, something special, just because you can’t afford the right outfit,” she said. “That to me should not happen to anyone.” Eight years ago Keri opened her first Fairy G...More >>
    (KCEN) – It was a fairy tale grand opening. “It’s exciting. This is really happening,” store owner Keri Byer said. After months of hard work, Keri was finally able to open up her Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique, a non-profit offering dresses and accessories at a low cost. “I think it’s absolutely absurd to miss a formal event, something special, just because you can’t afford the right outfit,” she said. “That to me should not happen to anyone.” Eight years ago Keri opened her first Fairy G...More >>
Click for Local Doppler Radar
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.