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Blumenthal: Delays at VA facilities triple

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Hugh McQuaid photo)
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Hugh McQuaid photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The number of cases delayed at Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities in Connecticut nearly tripled in the span of a month, according to data released Monday by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

The new data, offered by Blumenthal at a press conference in Hartford, are the latest indicators of problems in VA’s health care system.

The senator has been seeking facility-specific results of an audit conducted by the agency in May. The audit was conducted amidst revelations that staff within the VA system in Arizona falsified records to conceal the agency’s inability to meet deadlines in providing healthcare services to veterans.

Although the agency has yet to comply with Blumenthal’s request for the specific audit results of Connecticut facilities, information released in June suggested the facilities in Connecticut did not raise any red flags.

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3 responses to “Blumenthal: Delays at VA facilities triple”

  1. Suzanne

    Is this correct? Blumenthal is asking a notoriously troubled agency to audit itself? What results are expected? The VA has long been entrenched in poor healthcare practices. Why would Blumenthal think that throwing money at it would actually improve it? Throwing more doctors at it, more personnel? The infrastructure, basic expectations and healthcare practices would be better served by analysis and revision showing where and what kind of services are truly needed.

  2. One and Done.

    The VA offers great healthcare. Some of the best orthopedics on the planet. That isn’t the issue. The issue is the backlog and the bureaucrats that get in the way of patient doctor relationships. Blumenthal has supported more paperwork his entire life and is the last person we should look to as a champion for change.

  3. Suzanne

    The VA IS good at prosthetics and repairing limbs. It is everything else that has suffered for decades, particularly mental health care which, if not attended to, makes all of the other good work meaningless. One cannot appreciate a replaced limb or repaired leg or shoulder if one is so crazed with flashbacks and trauma they don’t know where they are. They are an agency with some great specialties but, overall, miss the boat on so much more. The fact they can’t even see patients should be an indication of just how ineffectual the VA can be in providing healthcare.

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