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11-18-2017, 02:25 PM
The VA Office of Inspector General has published a report stating that a Denver-area hospital kept unofficial wait lists that resulted in veterans not receiving mental health appointments in a timely manner. The Associated Press reports:

Investigators with the VA Office of Inspector General confirmed a whistleblower’s claim that staff kept unauthorized lists instead of using the department’s official wait list system. That made it impossible to know if veterans who needed referrals for group therapy and other mental health care were getting timely assistance, according to the report.

The internal investigation also criticized record-keeping in PTSD cases at the VA’s facility in Colorado Springs. Patients there often went longer than the department’s stated goals of getting an initial consult within a week and treatment within 30 days, investigators found.

This investigation was sparked by a whistleblower named Brian Smothers who claimed last year that he had found the lists in the form of spreadsheets on the VA computer system. Smothers resigned from his job last November claiming the VA retaliated against him after he took the information to two Senators. From an AP report dated Nov. 16, 2016:

Why doesn't somebody summarily execute the top 25 people in the VA. ? Maybe there would be less situations like this.