HOUSTON, TX – Shocking news from Phoenix where at least 40 veterans have died merely waiting to be treated at the VA hospital there. Word is, there was a secret waiting list.
Retired Dr. Sam Foote from the Arizona VA health system says, “The only record that you were ever there seeking care was on that secret list. And they wouldn’t take you off the secret list until you had an appointment time that was less than 14 days. So they could show they were improving the wait time when in reality it had been 6, 12 and in some cases 21 months.
Wow, 21 months to see a doctor — unacceptable.
These emails show top management, including Phoenix VA Director Sharon Helman, knew about the off the books wait times, knew there was a secret list and defended it to her staff.
In Houston, VA hospitals thankfully know nothing about such lists and veterans we spoke to are pleased with the Houston hospital. Texas Senator John Cornyn’s crossing state lines on the Phoenix fiasco calling for an immediate investigation.
Veterans deserve much, much better. Shouldn’t the fight be over when they come home from war?