U.S. veterans agency employees falsified
data to hide delays: USA Today
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[August 01, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Employees at
more than 100 medical centers run by the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs falsified appointment data and hid evidence of delayed medical
care, according to a USA Today analysis of government data.
Some 109 VA medical centers distorted data on the length of time
veterans had to wait before receiving medical care, while 110 kept
separate, secret records of the delays, the USA Today analysis of a
VA internal audit found.
The VA on Tuesday said it was recommending disciplinary action
against six employees involved in data manipulation at VA centers in
Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Fort Collins, Colorado.
"Employees who have been found to have manipulated data, withheld
accurate information from their supervisors, and affected the
timeliness of care veterans receive do not reflect VA's values, and
their actions will not be tolerated," Acting VA Secretary Sloan
Gibson said in a statement on Tuesday.
The VA's "Nationwide Access Audit," released in June, was
commissioned to investigate allegations that the department had
covered up delays in veterans' medical treatment. It examined
scheduling practices at over 700 VA facilities.
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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned at the end of May
over the veterans healthcare delay scandal. He is being replaced by
Bob McDonald, 61, a former Procter & Gamble Co chief executive whose
nomination was confirmed this week.
(Reporting by Rebecca Elliott; Editing by Sandra Maler and Jim
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