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Letter to Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs - Veterans Affairs Concerns

The Honorable Eric Shinseki
Secretary
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20420-001

Dear Secretary Shinseki:

We understand that you are conducting "face to face" audits of all Department of Veterans Affairs clinics and that you are due to report your preliminary findings directly to the President next week on the scope of allegations of misconduct at Veterans Affairs facilities.

Although we have spoken with officials in Connecticut who have assured us that no problems were found with wait times during a recent national level inspection, we believe all our state's medical facilities must be included in the ongoing audit and the results be made public promptly. We respectfully request full details of this audit, and specifically all details regarding the accuracy and duration of reported wait times for appointments at the West Haven Campus, Newington Campus and all six Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Connecticut. We urge you to provide both your preliminary findings and the final results to us as soon as they are completed.

This week the President proposed a plan to investigate the falsification of records for wait times at VA medical facilities and restore confidence in the Department of Veterans Affairs. You must seize this moment of national focus on the needs of our veterans to immediately advance comprehensive medical care delivery reforms within the Veterans Health Administration. No further reports are needed to end the already documented and unacceptable practice of deceptive scheduling practices and misleading numbers on lengthy appointment wait times for veterans. Our veterans deserve the very best medical care our nation can provide, in quality and timeliness.

We share your commitment to provide the best possible care for all veterans and to take all necessary measure to restore confidence in the Veterans Health Administration.

We look forward to your response as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

RICHARD BLUMENTHAL
United States Senator

CHRIS MURPHY
United States Senator

ROSA DELAURO
Member of Congress

JOHN LARSON
Member of Congress

JOE COURTNEY
Member of Congress

JIM HIMES
Member of Congress

ELIZABETH ESTY
Member of Congress


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