The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments while employees falsified records to cover up the delays.
Revelations that as many as 40 veterans died while awaiting care at the Phoenix VA hospital rocked the agency last spring, bringing to light scheduling problems and allegations of misconduct at other hospitals as well. The scandal led to the resignation of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. In July, Congress approved spending an additional $16 billion to help shore up the system.
The VA's Office of Inspector General has been investigating the delays for months and shared a draft report of its findings with VA officials.
In a written memorandum about the report, VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald said: "It is important to note that while OIG's case reviews in the report document substantial delays in care, and quality-of-care concerns, OIG was unable to conclusively assert that the absence of timely quality care caused the death of these veterans."
McDonald acknowledged that the VA is "in the midst of a very serious crisis." He also promised to follow all recommendations from the inspector general's final report.
VA delay's means death to our fighting men and women.
2 words, bull shit !
Of course not... we all know whose fault it was. Bush and the Tea Party. These tax payer funded employees should be taken out back and shot!
When you are waiting for care for injuries that as serious as some I have seen I would say that THAT was an issue of WAITING for care killing good people while waiting. A**HOLES. All of them can come up with the most outrageous lies to cover themselves, it's sickening. WTF ever HAPPENED to honesty, PERSONAL integrity, and CARING about your fellow man. Did ALL that just go away when the COCKROACH weaseled into office or was it long before that????
Good one Bobbi....couldn't a said it any better!!!
was this the same investigators that looked into the irs coverup, the Benghazi coverup, the fast and furious coverup....notice how when the white house appoints an investigation...they never find fault with any agency that they are investigating.....I bet trey gowdy will find out something different.
What a crock! There were doctors who said the VA patients were waiting a long time before being seen at the VA and in the mean time they died. I would believe the doctors before I would believe the VA Secretary. I do not believe one thing the WH or any of their organizations have to say. Every time any of them open their mouths out spews lie, after lie, after lie. I would never trust anyone at the WH.
that's standard diatribe of now a days government reports re responsibility. doesn't mean anything; should have ben expected that would be the outcome of their "investigation."
In later developments, FEMA investigators disclosed there was "no conclusive evidence" that Hurricane Katrina knocked any houses down. "It's true the houses fell down during the hurricane," said a spokesman, "but that fact in itself does not exclude other potential causes."
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