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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Bath VA: We're not on the list

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  • The Bath VA is not on the list of 42 medical facilities under investigation by the VA Office of Inspector General for allegedly delaying health care to veterans and manipulating records to hide it, officials say.
    “We are not on the list,” said Brandon Gardner, public affairs officer for the Bath VA Medical Center. “We feel veterans are able to get very timely access to patient care here.”
    The VA Office of Inspector General’s report, released Wednesday, found that inappropriate scheduling practices are “systemic” throughout the VA health care system.
    However, Gardner said the Bath VA was visited May 13 by a team of VA officials conducting an internal review of all facilities nationwide, launched in the aftermath of recent allegations of delayed care at the Phoenix VA.
    The Bath VA received a positive evaluation after its review, Gardner said.
    “We did very well,” Gardner said. “They were complimentary of our professionalism and the level of care we provide.”
    Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, called for the resignations of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and Phoenix VA director Sharon Helman following Wednesday’s OIG report.
    The report “confirms some of our worst fears that employees at the VA manipulated patient data resulting in horrifying ramifications for veterans,” Reed said.
    Reed also called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to launch an investigation.

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