Audit: 118 vets on waiting list in New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Veterans Affairs Department says 98 percent of the appointments at the Manchester VA Medical Center are scheduled within 30 days of the patients' desired dates, but more than 100 veterans remain on a waiting list to schedule initial appointments.
The audit released Monday is the first nationwide look at the VA health care network since reports two months ago of cover-ups and of patients dying while awaiting appointments at the Phoenix VA center.
The audit, a snapshot of data on May 15, found the average wait time for new patients seeking primary care in Manchester was 19 days, among the lowest of the 731 VA hospitals and large outpatient clinics audited.
It also found 118 people on a list for those who couldn't get an appointment within 90 days.
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