VA Audit: Too Many Vets Wait Too Long For Appointments

(Washington, DC) -- An nationwide audit of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs finds tens of thousands of cases of veterans having to wait for appointments for too long. Presidential spokesman Josh Earnest said the data will be helpful moving forward and stressed that the White House is committed to working with Congress on necessary reforms. Embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki recently resigned over systemic scheduling problems, notably at the VA health clinic in Phoenix. Earnest said it's clear problems exist well beyond Phoenix.
Officials continue investigating reports that up to 40 vets may have died while awaiting appointments in Phoenix. Meantime, Earnest said finding a replacement for Shinseki is a top priority. Sloan Gibson is the acting chief of the VA. He had been one of Shinseki's top deputies. The full VA audit can be found at http://www.va.gov/health/docs/VAAccessAuditFindingsReport.pdf