The Daily Beast reports that the Albuquerque VA hospital used the same kinds of fraudulent waiting list manipulation as other sites.
Add Albuquerque, New Mexico’s to the growing list of VA hospitals accused of keeping secret waiting lists to hide delays for veterans seeking medical care. And it may already be too late to get to the truth and find out what harm, if any, was done to veterans there—VA officials are already destroying records to cover their tracks, a whistleblower inside the hospital tells The Daily Beast.
“When everyone found out the IG was doing the audit, the word I heard was ‘Make sure nothing is left out in the open,’” the VA doctor said
“When everyone found out the IG was doing the audit, the word I heard was ‘Make sure nothing is left out in the open,’” the VA doctor said. “And that ranged from make sure there’s no food out to make sure there’s no information out in the open.” The doctor is not involved in the scheduling process and was unsure of how exactly VA officials would purge the secret wait lists but has heard it discussed among colleagues.
Albuquerque was the site of another VA scandal in 2011, in which landscaping equipment used at the facility wound up on eBay. No arrests were made as part of that investigation.
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has appeared before the press on multiple occasions to explain that the administration has expanded the VA’s budget and expanded the number of people with access to the VA, but has not addressed the core problem: VA bureaucrats involved in manipulating waiting lists do not respect veterans enough to be honest with them. Here, for example, is McDonough on CBS Face The Nation, arguing that the President cares about the issue. Bob Schieffer wants to know why McDonough doesn’t address the core problem: